The intervention of the incoming Norwegian government was a key factor in brokering the deal that led to the release of the so-called Rossport Five, according to reliable sources.
The Norwegian state owns 71 per cent of Statoil, which is a minority shareholder in the Corrib field. Senior politicians are believed to have put pressure on Statoil to help to resolve the dispute.
A senior Statoil executive travelled to Dublin last week and is believed to...
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