Apache Ditches 3-3 Rota in North Sea
Apache North Sea has confirmed that the offshore work rota for all Apache staff onboard company operated assets in the North Sea will change from a three-weeks-on-three-weeks-off system to a two-weeks-on-three-weeks-off system.
The company expects the new shift pattern to be implemented in the first quarter of next year.
“This decision has been reached following consideration and engagement with the workforce,” Apache said in a statement sent to Rigzone.
“The decision is in response to employee feedback, an improved oil price environment and the need to remain competitive in the current market,” Apache added.
“All offshore staff are being fully consulted on this change. The health, safety and wellbeing of all our people, and the continued safe operation of our assets will remain our top priority as we transition to this new rota,” Apache continued.
Apache operates offshore assets within the Forties and Beryl fields, which each have an expected field life extending beyond 2030.
Earlier this month, Shell UK revealed that it will change its offshore operating model on its central North Sea assets.
“As a result of the new operating model we will combine our operations and maintenance teams, creating new multi-skilled operation and maintenance technician roles in the Shell organization,” the company said in an emailed statement on September 18.
“This will include a change in the working pattern to a 2:3 cycle (two weeks offshore, three weeks field break) for Shell staff and our core crew,” the statement added.
Shell UK said it anticipates the changes being implemented in the second quarter of next year.
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