Chevron Makes Changes to Offshore Staffing in the North Sea

Chevron Upstream Europe says that a number of offshore positions, currently covered by contractors, will be converted into Chevron staff positions and the current contractor incumbents will be offered these new staff jobs.

This move applies to identified positions involving approximately 160 individuals on Chevron's Captain platform and FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading unit), Alba Northern platform and the Erskine intervention team.

In addition, Chevron intends to harmonize working schedules for all offshore positions on the affected assets to 161 work days per year.

Commenting on the move, Gary Luquette, president and managing director of Chevron Upstream Europe, said, 'We believe these changes will help us achieve long term stability and development of a high calibre workforce. This will strengthen Chevron's operational excellence culture by further aligning workforce performance around Chevron standards, processes and expectations to achieve sustained incident free operations and world class business performance.'

Graham Tran, Amicus regional officer commented, 'These changes are welcomed. It is good to see Chevron prepared to bring these positions on to their permanent staff. We are also very pleased that Chevron has taken a leadership position in harmonizing work schedules for all functions, including drilling and catering services, and hope that other operators will be encouraged to take this inclusive and equitable approach.'

These changes are expected to become effective July 1, 2006.