Strike spread to more oil platforms

A strike by workers on several offshore oil platforms spread this week with no settlement in sight. More thn 3,000 workers have been pulled off the job, in a strike that’s now significantly cutting into oil and gas production. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that around 1,500 platform workers who aren’t a part of the conflict […]

Offshore strike hits nine oil platforms

The large labour organization representing offshore oil platform workers, Safe, failed to come to terms over pensions with the organization representing oil platform- and shipowner, Rederiforbundet. The union therefore called 669 of its members working on nine rigs out on strike during the night. News bureau NTB reported that negotiations extended for more than an […]

Huge investment planned for ‘Troll’

Norway’s newly renamed oil company Equinor and its partners announced more huge new investment in their large Troll oil and gas field in the North Sea on Tuesday. With oil prices rising, the plan calls for extending the field’s lifetime and tapping its value for all it’s worth. The Troll field, located around 65 kilometers […]

Melting ice makes drilling ‘immoral’

A Norwegian researcher’s findings that the Barents Sea may be ice-free by 2040 has unleashed new heated opposition to Norway’s granting of licenses for even more oil and gas exploration. Environmentalists claim the drilling will be “immoral” also after the ice is gone. Ocean researcher Sigrid Lind has concluded in her new doctoral thesis that […]

Norwegian tanker spills oil in Rotterdam

A Norwegian tanker in the fleet of Bergen-based Odfjell Tankers spilled as much as 217 tons of heavy oil after it collided with the pier Sunday afternoon at the Port of Rotterdam. The company itself described the amount of oil spilled as “considerable.” The accident occurred as the vessel Bow Jubail was maneuvering into the […]

Oil minister avoids new rape probe

A state prosecutor has decided not to re-open an investigation of 18-year-old rape charges against Norwegian Oil Minister Terje Søviknes of the conservative Progress Party. Søviknes was thus spared the glare of a rape case, while the girl who was just 16 at the time claims she has been denied justice. The awkward case ended […]

Huge new contracts fuel the oil industry

Just two weeks after a huge new drilling rig for Norway’s state-owned oil company was completed and towed away from Aibel’s yard in Haugesund, Equinor (formerly Statoil) was busy handing out billions of kroner worth of more contracts. The new wave of work for the oil service business confirms that Norway’s oil age is far […]

Equinor defends drilling off Australia

Norway’s state oil company, the former Statoil that now calls itself Equinor, is facing opposition in Australia over its plans to drill for oil in The Great Australian Bight, off the country’s southern coast. Critics fear oil spills in a protected marine environment that’s also rich fishing grounds. Fully eight Australian municipalities don’t want Equinor […]

‘Fairy tale’ start for new ‘Equinor’

With oil prices now up to around USD 80 a barrel for Norway’s North Sea crude, this brand-new drilling rig for the country’s state-controlled oil company is poised for what’s likely to be a festive tow-out to its new Johan Sverdrup oil field. Eldar Sætre, CEO of the former Statoil, referred to the profits now gushing […]

Resurgent economy fueled celebrations

HAUGESUND: Residents of this windy West Coast city turned out by the thousands to celebrate Norway’s national day on Thursday. Towering in the background was a huge new locally-assembled drilling rig that may well have boosted celebrants’ spirits this year as they smiled, sang and shouted hurra. Norwegians all over the country celebrate their freedom […]