Hundreds of oil and gas workers in Norway could go on strike unless a wage deal is agreed by the middle of next week, according to reports.
A state-appointed mediator said the move could affect Rowan Companies’ Viking and Gorilla rigs.
One of the unions, Safe, said 79 of its members working on Rowan Companies’ Viking and Gorilla rigs would go on strike if no agreement could be reached.
Unions and the rig owners are due to meet next Monday to negotiate a wage deal and have set a deadline to reach an agreement by midnight on June 21st.
The Viking rig currently does work for Swedish oil firm Lundin, while the Gorilla works for major oil major ConocoPhillips.
The state mediator said another 190 workers represented by the Industri Energi union and 14 members of DSO would be part of the first wave of a strike.
A spokesman for ConocoPhillips said on Thursday that the Gorilla rig is currently engaged in the plugging of abandoned wells on its Ekofisk field in the North Sea, and that oil output would be unaffected by a strike.