Seadrill Plans to Lay Off More Than 100 Workers in Houston

Offshore deepwater drilling company Seadrill Americas, Inc. is planning to conduct a layoff of 112 employees in Houston May 1, according to data from a notice to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The affected employees support operation of the West Capricorn (UDW semisub), a mobile offshore drilling unit located in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the notice, the West Capricorn rig is currently under contract with BP, but BP has communicated to Seadrill plans to extend its standby period for services on the rig.

In the notice, Bill Traylor, Seadrill’s director of human resources, described BP’s decision as “sudden, unexpected and outside of Seadrill’s control.”

Affected employees do not have bumping rights and all layoffs are expected to be completed by May 13.

In recent weeks, BP announced it would be laying off 500 workers in Houston beginning in early June as part of the company’s larger plan to eliminate 4,000 upstream jobs globally this year.

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