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More on North Sea Redundancies - Fugro & Total
Date: Thursday, January 08, 2004 @ 14:31:14 EST
Topic: ONSHORE NEWS


Energy services business Fugro Survey plans to make up to 174 staff redundant while oil giant Total will axe almost 100 of its onshore workforce in Aberdeen.

Fugro - which employs 570 people in Aberdeen - yesterday started a 90-day consultation on its across-the-board job losses.

Managing director Jim Sommerville said: "We had already advised them we were going to be facing some redundancies. But obviously everybody was pretty shocked at the numbers involved."

Mr Sommerville said the cuts were needed to reduce costs and maximise efficiencies following the takeover of rival Thales GeoSolutions late last year.

"They are two completely parallel organisations in Aberdeen at the moment, overlapping in management and operations," he said.

"The financial performance of both companies before the acquisition really wasn't up to group standard, so we have to do something about it."

He said Fugro would seek volunteers, after which compulsory redundancies would be imposed, but added there were opportunities for staff elsewhere in the Dutch group.

It employs around 330 staff at its Bridge of Don site and 240 at the former Thales GeoSolutions base at Dyce, which will be rebranded and integrated.

That jobs blow fell as Total, which employs around 525 staff onshore and 100 offshore out of Aberdeen, admitted it was cutting 94 posts at its Altens base.

Leaked documents reveal Total is set to distribute voluntary severance letters to its North Sea workers, as well as terminate main contracts.

A spokesman conceded that 30 onshore staff are going voluntarily and 20 more had been selected for compulsory redundancy as part of a reorganisation of its UK operations.

He said staff - ranging from shop floor to senior management - would leave within the next three to six months.

Further posts at its Crawpeel Road base will be lost through vacant positions not being filled, redeployment to other parts of the world and contractors being laid off when contracts are completed.

The spokesman admitted that Total will now examine offshore operations, but claimed it was too early to say whether jobs would be cut.

However, minutes of a meeting of Total operational staff last month at Aberdeen's Thistle Hotel showed redundancies had been discussed.

The document revealed that two people at the meeting and offshore installation managers (OIMs) had been tasked with deciding by a week today who will be included in an offer to take voluntary redundancy.

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Source: The Press & Journal
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