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Shell prepares to restart Norway's Knarr field after strike ends

London — Shell is preparing to restart its Knarr oil and gas field in the Norwegian North Sea after a 10-day strike by offshore workers was called off, the company said Thursday.

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The Knarr field -- which produces around 23,000 b/d from an FPSO -- was shut down on July 10 when more than 600 offshore workers went on strike over stalled pay talks.

Norway's SAFE trade union, which was spearheading the strike, agreed to call off the strike earlier Thursday after reaching a pay deal with employer the Norwegian Shipowners' Association. (See story 12:39 EST) "Shell can confirm that we have initiated preparations to restart production from Knarr as the industrial action in Norway has now concluded," a Shell spokesman said.

Knarr is in the northern part of the North Sea, 50 km northeast of the Snorre field. Shell operates the Knarr field with a 45% stake Partners include Japan's Idemitsu (25%), Germany's Wintershall (20%), and DEA (10%).

The field pumped an average of 23,006 b/d of crude and 143,333 cu m/d of gas during the first four months of the year, according to data from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. --Robert Perkins,

--Edited by Kevin Saville,