Aberdeen to lose 250 jobs following French take-over of rival N. Sea oil company

Up to 250 Scottish energy jobs are at risk in Aberdeen following the take-over of North Sea oil operator Maersk by global giant Total.

The French firm has opened a consultation with its Aberdeen workers on its plans to cut staff and contractor posts and said it would aim to minimise redundancies in the process.

The Paris-based operator recently acquired Maersk Oil in a deal worth more than £5 billion, making it the second largest exploration company in the North Sea

Total said it aims to “minimise redundancies” and a spokesman added: “Following the acquisition of Maersk Oil we have reviewed our operations in Aberdeen and are now consulting with staff on the future size of our business there.

“We anticipate that this will result in a reduction of around 250 positions held today by staff and contractors.

“Total and Maersk’s employees in Aberdeen were told in staff meetings lasts week.

“Final decisions will only be made after full consultation with staff and their representatives.

“Every effort will be made to minimise redundancies and to find alternative posts in other parts of Total’s global business for those staff in Aberdeen whose positions may close.”

Alexander Burnett, MSP, the Conservative party’s Scottish energy spokesman, commented: “The announcement from Total E&P that 250 posts are to go as part of its takeover of Maersk also shows that ongoing restructuring is still having a regrettable major adverse impact on the workforce in the north-east.”

Lewis Macdonald, MSP, the Labour party’s Scottish energy spokesman, commented: “These job losses were foreseen at the time of Total’s acquisition of Maersk, but this does not make it any easier for those affected.

“We can foresee more job losses in the oil and gas supply chain as pre-2015 contracts come to an end, even while prospects for the sector in general are beginning to look up.

“These job losses confirm that the Scottish Government’s decision to close down the Energy Jobs Taskforce last year was taken far too soon.” 

20 Mar 2018

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