Norwegian subcontractors to the offshore industry are highly dependent on Statoil, and the oil major increasingly exploits this power to pressure suppliers into accepting ever-declining prices on contracts in the weak market, says the organization Maritimt Forum in comments to media Sysla.no, while urging politicians to examine Statoil's position of power.
"We have always said that Statoil is too big and has put pressure on suppliers which depend on Statoil. It's problematic that Statoil has abused that power," says Frise Solbakken, daily manager of Maritimt Forum's department in Stavanger, Norway.
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