Aker Solutions looks to slash around 900 Norwegian jobs from its offshore oil and gas maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO) workforce.
The Norwegian based firm announced the news Friday 15th January, saying that would “set in motion a process to carry around half of the reductions immediately”.
Aker Solutions To Slash 900
Aker Solutions’ order book has been on the decline for some time, with Aker stating that things have been on a downward spiral since 2014.
The Oslo firm now expects to reduce up to 900 personnel from its maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO) workforce located across its Bergen, Kristiansund, Sandnessjøen, Stavanger, Tromsø and Trondheim bases.
Aker Solutions CEO, Luis Araujo, said: “These measures are painful but necessary to strengthen our competitiveness and the long-term potential of the Norwegian MMO business, which has been affected by a significant decline in asset levels in the Norwegian offshore market”
Aker’s order book continues to empty, with a major Statoil contract coming to a close during the first half of 2016 expected to hit the firm even harder.
Due to this, Aker expects to close onshore bases in Sandnessjøen to be close in around three years, whilst its MMO division in Tromsø ‘terminated’.
A company spokesman said that workers from Tromsø would be kept on in the City, to work in its Front End Spektrum team, part of Akers Solutions Engineering.