Norway's Storting (parliament) has given the all clear for Phillips Petroleum Co. Norway to use a steel processing and transportation platform in redevelopment of giant Ekofisk oil and gas field in the Norwegian North Sea. The existing processing and transportation platform is sinking because of seabed subsidence. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has stipulated that safe operation will not be possible beyond 1998 (OGJ, Oct. 19, 1992, p. 42). Although Phillips opted for a steel platform at the outset of redevelopment planning, Oslo insisted a concrete option be studied in deference to employee organizations anxious to retain...

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