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The Press Association: North Sea jobs axed by Shell

Wednesday 23 April 2008

Oil giant Shell has announced that it is to axe 180 jobs in its North Sea operations.

Staff in Aberdeen were being told of the redundancies by Shell Europe’s vice president of exploration, Tom Botts.

Shell said the cuts – which affect office-based positions only – will be made over the next three years in order to improve efficiency.

The company currently employs about 2,500 people in Aberdeen.

Last June Shell put part of its North Sea operation up for sale and abandoned plans for a £25 million headquarters in Aberdeen.

The company said the announcement, which followed a cost and efficiency study, would help to secure its long-term competitive future in the UK.

Shell said market pressures had led to costs in some areas rising by 50% to 60% in the last three years, and the company had to take steps to remain competitive.

John Gallagher, vice president technical, said: “The organisational changes announced today will better position Shell to focus on our strengths.

“We will bring our advanced technology into play and better deliver competitive projects in the North Sea like the new Caravel and Shamrock developments that we are just bringing on stream.”

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