Petrofac Forced To Cut North Sea Oil & Gas Workforce

Published at 02:11PM - 27/10/15

Oil and gas services company, Petrofac, is to make job cuts to its offshore workforce as it aims to move in line with new offshore work rotations.

In particular, Petrofac is rumoured to be cutting oil and gas jobs from a contract it holds with super major BP.  The Contract covers the supply of services and personnel to BP’s UK North Sea operations.

In reply to a request from Offshore Post, a spokesman from Petrofac said: “Petrofac is supporting its customer regarding the implementation of a proposed three weeks on/three weeks off rota offshore.”

“Should there be reductions in numbers employed, we will actively look to redeploy personnel elsewhere where possible.”

BP Work Rotations

Back in July, BP announced changes to its UK offshore work rotations, moving workers from a 2 weeks on 3 weeks off rotation, to a 3 on 4 off rotation.

At the time, BP said that after long consultations with its workforce, it had decided to move to a 3 on 4 off as opposed to much more common 3 on 3 off.

The move is designed to make savings on mobilising personnel through the busy embarkation points of Aberdeen, Norwich and Scatsta. On top of fixed wing and helicopter flights, it is hoped that savings will be made on Aberdeen hotels.

The move is expected to affect as many as 800 BP offshore personnel alone.