Energy company to shed 160 staff
Posted on 14.04.2004 - 03:54 EDT in JOB NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links
Energy 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
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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