Chevron has made around 1,000 workers redundant from its Gorgon LNG plant in Australia as it looks to streamline costs.
The company, which also confirmed today it had finished a consultation process for its North Sea operations, is understood to have made the move earlier than planned.
Earlier this year the company said it would be reducing its global workforce by around 10%.
According to reports, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) said members were expecting to work until at least March.
However they were told yesterday their positions had been made redundant, effective immediately.
It’s understood boilermakers, electricians, riggers, pipe fitters, welders and trade assistants were among those made redundant.
Chevron said contractor workforces were continuing to decline as the Gorgon project moved closer to completion.
A spokesman said: “Similar to the construction phase of all resource projects, the duration of jobs is determined by the requirements of individual scopes of work.
“According to third-party economic modelling by ACIL Allen, the Chevron-led Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects alone have created 17,000 direct jobs in Australia and committed more
than $45 billion in goods and services to local businesses.
“Those benefits are magnified across the industry.In addition, we are currently training operations personnel to work on our Gorgon and Wheatstone projects.”
Earlier this week the company said it would be reducing spending by 24% in 2016.
Meanwhile ConocoPhillips said it would be reducing its spending by around 25%.