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Talks between Total, North Sea oil staff collapse, strikes to go forward

LONDON (Reuters) – Talks between French oil refiner Total and staff on three of its North Sea oil and fuel platforms broke down on Thursday, that means sequence of deliberate strikes over working rotas will go forward, UK union Unite stated in a press release.

FILE PHOTO: The brand of French oil big Total on a flag at La Defense business and monetary district in Courbevoie close to Paris, France. May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

“The talks with Total have broken down today (regarding) the position on the three platforms,” Unite stated.

“As a result, the scheduled industrial action which we have previously released remains in place. Unite will be consulting our members in the coming days regarding next steps.”

Further strike dates to cease operations on Total’s Alwyn, Elgin and Dunbar platforms are set for Sept. three, Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15 and Oct. 29.

Oil manufacturing will cease through the strikes. The three fields’ oil manufacturing contributes about 45,000 to 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) to the North Sea’s Forties and Brent crude streams.

Forties and Brent are key grades used to set the dated Brent benchmark which underpins over half the world’s oil trades.

The fields additionally contribute about 10 % of Britain’s whole pure fuel output.

Reporting by Amanda Cooper; Editing by Alexandra Hudson

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