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Statoil to cut up to 2,000 staff, consultants

Norwegian oil company says layoffs are part of a 2013 cost cutting program.


June 16, 2015
by ASSOCIATED PRESS

STOCKHOLM — Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil says it will lay off up to 1,500 staff and 500 consultants by the end of to slash costs.

The state-controlled company said the layoffs are a continuation of a cost-cutting program started in 2013, “well ahead of the current downturn” and the slump in the oil price.

Chief operating officer Anders Opedal called the reductions necessary “to strengthen Statoil’s competitiveness and secure our value creation.”

The program is designed to yield $1.7 billion in annual savings starting in 2016.
Norway’s offshore oil and gas industry has come under pressure from the sharp drop in oil prices, with thousands of workers already laid off.

The industry accounts for more than half of Norway’s exports and 80 per cent of the government’s income.

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