More than a dozen job losses are expected to hit the workforce of a Halliburton company in the north-east.
The US multinational confirmed in an e-mail to staff this week it had decided to sell its Pipeline and Process Services (PPS) business.
Halliburton PPS delivers engineering solutions and project management to North Sea firms and onshore operators.
Last night the firm claimed the decision was taken to enable Halliburton to focus on products and services side.
Around 15 jobs are understood to be at risk at the firm.
But Halliburton claimed yesterday the sale could “provide significant opportunities for the business and its employees”.
It also included a request that despite the “uncertainty” the announcement might create for many staff, that workers maintain their “commitment to keeping the PPS business successful” and continue to execute services until the sale is complete.
A spokeswoman for Halliburton confirmed the decision to put PPS up for sale last night.
She added: “We believe this is best so we can focus on products and services core to the lifecycle of the reservoir.
“We see PPS as a highly attractive business, and we believe that a potential divestiture will provide significant opportunities for the business and its employees.
“We are targeting the sale’s completion in mid-2020.”
Halliburton would not comment on the potential for job losses as a result of the sale.