OSLO, June 10 Oil workers at the Norwegian unit
of Baker Hughes went on strike on Saturday, affecting
the drilling and maintenance of oil and gas wells but not
production, the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) said.
Twelve rigs on Norway's continental shelf were affected, and
drilling operations would gradually be shut down in line with
safety regulations, the OLF said.
"Production is not affected," OLF lawyer Haavard Hauan told
Statoil is operator on seven of the affected
fields, while Marathon, Centrica, Suncor
, Shell and Exxon manage the rest.
The SAFE labour union had made pay and pension demands on
behalf of the 114 members that went on strike, but which the OLF
said were excessive.