Statoil’s Aberdeen base safe amid company cuts

Statoil's Mariner project
Statoil's Mariner project

Statoil’s growing Aberdeen base will be safe from the firm’s latest round of job cuts, a spokesman confirmed.

The firm announced earlier today it would cut up to 2,000 posts, comprised of permanent and consultant positions, by the end of 2016.

The move is part of the Norwegian operator’s robust austerity measures.

However, a spokesman for the firm confirmed there would be no Aberdeen reductions and the operator would continue to forge ahead with its plans for growth in the area.

He said: “Our Aberdeen organisation is still growing, and we will recruit for more positions in months and years ahead.

“However, the growth will of course be adjusted to possible new company wide operating models.”

Statoil’s Mariner is the largest field development on the UKCS in more than a decade, with a gross investment of more than $7billion.

It is expected to produce more than 250million barrels of heavy oil during its 30-year lifespan, with average plateau production hitting around 55,000 barrels per day.