ConocoPhillips has begun telling its Scottish staff who amongst them must go away as a part of a redundancy plan introduced earlier this 12 months, which is able to see as much as 450 staff of the supermajor within the UK lose their jobs between October this 12 months and April 2020.
The redundancies observe plans to halt manufacturing at a lot of fields within the southern North Sea, that are served by the Theddlethorpe fuel terminal. The plans are a part of a wider rearrangement of priorities for the U.S. supermajor.
Earlier this month, Conoco and BP agreed to swap property that can see the UK firm increase its footprint within the North Sea whereas Conoco features property in Alaska. The transfer has led at the least one analyst to recommend that the corporate may totally go away the North Sea to deal with its enterprise at dwelling.
Luke Parker from Wood Mackenzie instructed Energy Voice that Conoco appeared to have “different priorities nearer to dwelling” than the North Sea fields. Indeed, Conoco has been increasing its presence in U.S. shale at a quick tempo, and it just lately introduced a brand new discovery on Alaska’s North Slope.
At the time, a Conoco government stated the corporate may spend a number of billion on creating the invention, and now the asset swap with BP matches properly with its renewed deal with Alaska, the place it can purchase BP’s 39.2-percent curiosity within the Greater Kuparuk oil discipline and a 38-percent in Kuparuk Transportation Co.
In the UK, Conoco has pursuits in a couple of dozen fields and employs about 1,300 as employees members and contractors. Of these, 700 are primarily based in Aberdeen. A spokeswoman for the corporate stated they’d began notifying staff about whether or not they have a future with Conoco or not. By the top of the month, the corporate will even get in contact with contractors to inform these amongst them that must search for enterprise elsewhere.
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