OSLO, July 3 (Reuters) - A planned strike next week by
Norwegian energy sector workers could cut the country's gas
output by 292,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, or 13% of
output, employers' group the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association
(NOG) said on Sunday.
Oil output could be cut by 130,000 barrels per day, NOG
added, corresponding to around 6.5% of Norway's production,
according to a Reuters calculation.
The strike, in which workers are demanding wage hikes to
compensate for rising inflation, comes at a time of high oil and
gas prices, with supplies of natural gas to Europe particularly
tight after Russian export cutbacks.
Members of the Lederne labour union, who make up around 15%
of the country's offshore petroleum workers, on Thursday voted
down a proposed wage agreement that had been negotiated by
companies and union leaders.
As a result, they plan to begin a strike at three offshore
fields on July 5, and to add three more fields the following day
unless a solution is found.
A seventh field, Tyrihans, will have to shut because its
output is processed from the nearby Kristin field, which will
The parties have been talking, but no progress has been
"There have been talks, but we don't see a solution," a NOG
spokesperson told Reuters on Sunday.
The Lederne union was not immediately available for comment
when contacted by Reuters.
Norway's other oil and gas labour unions have accepted the
wage deal and will not go on strike.
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Jan