According to CNBC and Rueters, the dispute between the Lederne Drilling Union and the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association began when talks collapsed on Sept. 30, which prompting production outages from Oct. 5.
After more than one hundred years of production experience in Norway, Exxon Mobil has agreed to sell its assets for an estimated $4 billion. Exxon’s Norwegian portfolio consisted of more than twenty oil fields operated by producers Equinor and Royal Dutch Shell. In 2017, the average net production of these fields was about 170,000 barrels per day. By 2019, Exxon had controlled more than 530 million barrels of oil on the Norwegian continental shelf. Just the control that they have in the Snorre field alone is valued at around $700 million.