ABIDJAN Feb 11 Workers have extended a strike
indefinitely at Canadian Natural Resources' (CNR)
Baobab and Espoir oil and gas fields in Ivory Coast, the SISPOO
oil workers union said on Saturday.
A 72-hour strike was called early on Wednesday over the
firing of workers and was extended on Friday after the parties
failed to reach an agreement.
"As no solution is in sight, we hereby announce the
extension of the strike until the conflict is resolved," SISPOO
said in a letter to CNR on Friday.
The union told Reuters on Wednesday that no gas was coming
from any of CNR's platforms, and that output from those sites
represented about 30 percent of Ivorian oil and gas production.
CNR could not be immediately reached for comment on
The company produces about 70 million cubic feet of natural
gas per day in Ivory Coast, which is critical for supplying the
West African nation's gas-fired power plants.
It also pumps between 40,000 and 45,000 barrels of crude oil
per day, mainly for export.
(Reporting by Joe Bavier; Writing by Edward McAllister; Editing
by Louise Ireland)