BP’s New Offshore Work Rotation Details Released

Published at 07:59PM - 25/07/15

Global offshore energy major BP has released details of new work rotation packages for its UK based offshore workforce.

In the released details, BP have said that after consultations with its workers, it is now likely to move from its current 2 weeks on / three weeks off, to a three weeks on / four weeks off rotation.

The move comes as many of the North Sea’s operators have moved their offshore workforces to a three on / three off rotation, over the first half of the year, in a bid to slash operating costs.

Press officers for some of the North Sea’s operators have told Offshore Post that the savings come form the reduction in helicopters flights and the cost of mobilising personnel through offshore embarkation points like Aberdeen, Norwich and Scatsta.

Only this week Offshore Post reported on the 130 job losses, 60 of which pilots, by offshore helicopter operator Bristow, as they felt the financial brunt of the new offshore rotations.

Earlier in the year, BP announced that it too was looking into moving to three on / three off rotations in line with the majority of North Sea operators. However BP has said the consultations with its workforce showed that a better solution was to move to either a three on / four off, or even a three on / five off.

BP has stated that due to their staffs willingness to change work patterns, it now no longer has a need to implement further job cuts or salary adjustments.

The new work conditions will affect all BP offshore workers in the UK, with as many as 800 within the North Sea.

Last updated on 11:25AM - 26/07/15