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Petroleum Development Oman Takes Steps To Resolve Strike

May 30, 2012, 11:51 p.m. ET

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA)-led Petroleum Development Oman is taking steps to reach a speedy resolution to an industrial dispute with contracting staff that began last week, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

“Operations at Qarn Alam have started to resume and further talks are taking place at Fahud,” the company said, adding that the strike had resulted in a small reduction in oil production.

The company is currently working closely with the government, Royal Oman Police, contractors and other authorities in an effort to resolve the dispute that has caused significant disruption to the workforce.

“The unfortunate fact of the matter is that those who have mounted this illegal strike have been blocking the delivery of water and diesel and preventing others from going about their daily business,” said PDO managing director Raoul Restucci.

The company, which is 60% state-owned, is responsible for more than 70% of Oman’s crude oil production and nearly all of its natural gas supply.

-By Sarah Kent, Dow Jones Newswires;4420-7842-9376; [email protected]; Twitter: @SarahKentDJ

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