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Cairn Greenland rig restarts, protesters arrested

LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - British oil explorer Cairn Energy CNE.L resumed operations on a rig drilling one of its prospects offshore Greenland, after the arrest of protesters who had halted production by suspending themselves from the platform.

Four protesters from environmental group Greenpeace stormed the Stena Don on Tuesday, forcing a shutdown in drilling. [ID:nLDE67U255]

A spokesman for Cairn said drilling had restarted and the company hoped to hit target depth in the next two weeks.

Greenpeace said four campaigners had been arrested by the Greenland police after they pulled themselves onto the deck.

“We stopped this rig drilling for oil for two days, but in the end the Arctic weather beat us,” one of the protesters, Sim McKenna, said in a statement.

Cairn has said little-explored Greenland could have billions of barrels of reserves, but the BP BP.L oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has raised fears about the risks of offshore drilling. (Reporting by Tom Bergin; Editing by David Holmes)