5,000 Equinor employees could find themselves stuck in North Sea due to security guard strike

Martin Linge fieldIllustration: Jan Arne Wold Equinor / NTB

The ongoing security strike is about to hit the Norwegian oil industry hard. 5,000 Equinor employees could be stuck in the North Sea due to the strike.

The security strike has been going on for several months, and on Tuesday, it escalated. 

On the night to Saturday, a new escalation has been announced, and this escalation could lead to problems for workers in the oil industry, according to newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.

Among other things, the escalation could lead to many helicopters remaining grounded – because there are no guards at work at the heliports.

Around 5,000 Equinor employees will not be able to get to or from the sea facilities if the conflict escalates as announced. 

The figure includes both suppliers and Equinor employees.

“Major consequences”

“There is no doubt that an escalation would have major consequences. The situation is quite confusing,” press contact Morten Eek in Equinor noted.

When the strike escalated on Tuesday, Equinor did not rule out that it could lead to production on the North Sea fields having to shut down.

The Norwegian Oil and Gas Industry Association stated that the situation is the same for another 1,000 employees associated with other companies. 

Thus, a total of about 6,000 oil workers could be stuck.

The strike has been going on for over two months, which is unusually long for Norwegian circumstances.

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