Greenpeace activists have climbed down from the West Hercules drilling rig in Norway, owned by Seadrill. The rig was boarded by four Greenpeace members on Monday April 29th and was evacuated the following day. The rig, in the Norwegian Arctic, is scheduled to be used next month by Equinor to explore for oil and gas.
Four climbers had ascended the oil rig while four more were at the base in kayaks. Others were protesting from the shore holding banners saying “ban new oil” and “people versus oil.
The activists were from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.
The West Hercules oil rig is currently anchored off the Norwegian town Hammerfest, continental Europe’s northernmost town. It has been commissioned by Norwegian multinational energy giant Equinor to drill at the site of LNG plant, Snoehvit.
The oil rig is due to drill oil from the Korpfjell Deep well in the Barents Sea after receiving permission from the Petroleum Safety Authority earlier this year.
It is the most northerly licence ever granted for drilling in Norway, Greenpeace said.