Amec Foster Wheeler has launched a consultation with its staff in the north-east that is expected to lead to an unspecified number of job cuts.
The oil services firm, which employs about 3,000 in the region, said it aims to “mitigate the impact” of the fall in oil price through cost cuts but also pledged to relocate staff who will be affected by the move.
The firm, which recently completed a merger with rival Foster Wheeler, was one of the first major oil services groups to cut contractor rates last year.
Petrofac, Wood Group, as well as Shell, BP, BG, Enquest, Apache and Premier Oil and KCA Deutag have all implemented measures to slam the breaks of spiralling costs of employment in the North Sea.
A spokeswoman for the firm said: “Amec Foster Wheeler can confirm that it is about to start a consultation process with its Aberdeen-based employees about the impact on jobs of the downturn of the oil and gas market.
“The consultation process includes looking at mitigating the impact through a variety of measures, including other cost savings, and moving people to its other diversified operations.”
Meanwhile, Abu-Dhabi-owned Taqa Bratani has spurned taking a stand at Offshore Europe this year.
A spokeswoman for the firm said it had decided against exhibiting at the biannual Aberdeen event “as it did not fit with our strategic goals and plans”.
She added that the company took the decision shortly after the last exhibition.
Taqa’s UK assets include five platforms producing from 13 fields in the northern and central North Sea. Taqa also has stakes in central North Sea fields operated by others.