Shell to Reduce North Sea Staff

Shell has plans to reduce its staff operating its North Sea offshore rigs by 350, or just over 20 percent. A Shell Expro spokesman said about 140 of the jobs would be staff positions. The remaining 210 will be contractors. The cuts will be made from a current total of 1,600 employees and contractors.

Shell no longer considers the North Sea to be a core operating area and is focusing its interests in new areas such as offshore West Africa and the Caspian Sea. The reductions will be made in the northern and central fields of the UK Sector of the North Sea. Shell plans to alter service and maintenance practices to bring them into line with more efficient practice in other parts of its business. Shell Expro's contractors in the North Sea include John Wood Group, Amec, and Halliburton's Kellog, Brown and Root division.