N. Sea oil worker strike set to disrupt Ninian crude stream Nov.5-Dec.4

By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> -About 100 workers on platforms linked to the North Sea Ninian crude oil field, which feeds into the global Brent benchmark, are set for a strike between Nov. 5 and Dec. 4 over a wage dispute, the Unite union said on Thursday.</p> <p>“If we have to take strike action, then I would expect this to have a major impact on production from the Ninian field,” Unite representative John Boland told Reuters in an email.</p> <p>The workers set to strike are employed on the Ninian Central, Ninian South and Tiffany platforms, the union said.</p> <p>The Ninian crude stream feeds into the blend of Brent, Forties, Oseberg, Ekofisk and Troll (<span class="caps">BFOET</span>) North Sea crudes that underpins the Brent benchmark.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">BFOET</span> grades are due to load 820,000 bpd in November. The Brent stream is due to load three cargoes in November, which translates into around 60,000 barrels per day (bpd). [O/LOAD] </p> <p>The Ninian and Tiffany fields produce around 13,000 bpd, according to data from the Oil and Gas Authority.</p> </div>