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Statoil Says Airport Strike Could Affect Production, Drilling

June 08, 2012

Statoil ASA (STL), Norway’s biggest oil producer, said a strike of security personnel at airports that is grounding helicopters may start affecting offshore production and drilling next week.

Statoil, based in Stavanger, is considering alternative routes over the weekend for offshore workers unable to reach platforms as the company has fallen three days behind planned rotation schedules after five days conflict, spokesman Ola Anders Skauby said.

Statoil is mulling whether to send workers by boat or use less affected airports because all five of its regular heliports will be shut this weekend and risk remaining closed next week, he said. Statoil can maintain normal production until “a few days into next week,” he said.

“We would then start to see an impact on operations,” Skauby said by phone. “But I don’t want to get into what that would mean, whether it would mean shutdowns, reductions in production, or that we would be unable to drill the wells we plan to drill.”

Almost 3,500 security workers are on strike, including 375 airport guards. It’s second conflict to hit Statoil in as many weeks. A resolved strike of pilot boat workers last week threatened output at land-based facilities such as the Mongstad refinery, the country’s oil processing plant.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mikael Holter in Oslo at mholter2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at jbergman@bloomberg.net


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