Shell to Cut 25% of Deepwater GoM Workforce

Royal Dutch Shell will reduce its deepwater Gulf of Mexico workforce by 25 percent, company spokesperson Kimberly Windon confirmed in an email to Rigzone.

Windon said the company will cut 770 positions from its offshore Gulf of Mexico operations to “remain competitive and better position Shell’s Gulf of Mexico projects for future growth.” Some of the job reductions may be a part of internal transfers, where possible, she said.

The Gulf of Mexico layoffs are part of the 2,200 global staff cuts previously announced by Shell in late May. The company plans to cut a total of 12,500 jobs by the end of the year.

As part of Shell’s acquisition of London-based BG Group plc, which closed in February, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said a total of 10,000 positions would be cut across both companies. Earlier this month, BG announced it was permanently closing its Houston office, resulting in the layoffs of 154 employees by the end of September.        

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