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Shipowners concerned about Statoil's power

Norwegian shipowners criticize Statoil's dominant position on the national oil and gas market. Political party Krf wants the government and Norway's competitions commissioner to review the situation, but the government declines to interfere.

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With a market share of 70-80 percent, Statoil is a heavyweight within the Norwegian oil and gas market, and this has prompted concerns amongst both industry players and from Norwegian party Krf, writes Norwegian daily Dagens Næringsliv.

According to the media, Krf's representative in the business committee, Line Henriette Hjemdal, had a central role in the Parliament's efforts when Statoil merged with Hydro in 2007, and she has been focused on Statoil's position ever since.

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