OSLO Nov 11 Norwegian oil and gas producer
StatoilHydro (STL.OL) has suspended helicopter flights to some
of its main fields in the North Sea due to Russian navy
exercises in nearby international waters, the company said on
StatoilHydro, one of Europe's biggest oil groups, said the
disruptions would not affect production levels at the fields,
including the Troll field -- the biggest production area of
"We've halted helicopter traffic out of (western Norwegian
coastal cities of) Bergen and Floroe," StatoilHydro spokesman
Gisle Johanson said.
"We're doing this for safety reasons. We're removing risk
with all this ongoing military aviation activity," he said.
"It's not affecting production."
Norway's military said a Russian aircraft carrier and two
accompanying vessels were carrying out exercises near the heart
of Norway's offshore oil and gas sector in the North Sea.
"A Russian military fleet is currently operating west of the
Sognefjord, near the Gullfaks field," lieutenant colonel Jon
Inge Oeglaend told Reuters.
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Writing by Wojciech Moskwa)