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Energy company to shed 160 staff

Posted on 14.04.2004 - 03:54 UTC in JOB NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

fugroEnergy services group Fugro confirmed yesterday that it would be making around 90 of its 570 staff in Aberdeen compulsorily redundant, and that another 70 or so would be leaving voluntarily.

A further small number of staff will be transferred to other group companies in the UK and overseas, joint managing director Jim Sommerville said.

The group, which has its HQ in the Netherlands, said in January, after it had taken over French-based Thales GeoSolutions, that up to 174 would have to go.

It said later it was confident compulsory job losses would be much lower than the total of posts being shed, and Mr Sommerville said that had now been achieved.

He said: "We completed the obligatory 90-day consultation period with staff last week, but there are still some individual consultations going on.

"The numbers are still provisional and could change, but only slightly. All the staff are fully in the picture."

The job losses have come because both Fugro and Thales GeoSolutions operate in the oil and gas survey business, and following the takeover late last year there was "complete overlap", Mr Sommerville said.

"It is hard on everybody all round, but the way the industry is going there are a lot of consolidations," he added.

Fugro, which will continue to employ just under 400 in Aberdeen, will be closing the Dyce offices occupied by Thales GeoSolutions and moving all staff at Dyce to Bridge of Don, where Fugro has its offices.

Additional office space will be leased at Bridge of Don to house staff who cannot be housed within the present Fugro offices.

14 April 2004


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