Dismissals ahead as ‘West Elara’ contract end comes near

Sodexo will reportedly reduce its offshore cleaning and canteen staff in Norway after the jack-up rig West Elara ends its contract with Statoil in March. 

According to the Norwegian business news website, Aftenblad, the food services and facilities management company will be forced to reduce its staff by 30 after it more than halved the workforce over the last two years.

The news website further reported that this was due to the rig’s contract expiry with the Norwegian oil company Statoil.

The 2011-built rig has been working for the oil company under a five-year contract since March 2012. The contract for the Seadrill-owned rig is expiring in March next year after which the rig will reportedly go into layup. The rig’s current dayrate is $318,000.

Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Sodexo to inquire about the job cuts and to Seadrill seeking details about the rig’s future. We are yet to receive any response.

Sodexo confirmed the company is reducing its staff to adapt to the needs of clients.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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