Maersk Oil cuts offshore positions as restructuring comes to an end

Maersk Oil’s Danish Business Unit, located in Esbjerg, on Tuesday announced the second and last phase of a planned organizational restructuring which will include reduction of offshore positions. 

The second phase follows the simplification of the onshore organization in January 2017, which included consolidation of all employees of the Danish Business Unit at the Esbjerg office and reduction of the unit by up to 160 positions.

The company said on Monday that the new operating model will support future growth initiatives, including the planned redevelopment of Tyra, announced back in March.

This second phase involves restructuring the offshore organization and includes the transfer of planning and administrative tasks from offshore to onshore, enabling offshore teams to increase their focus on delivering value from safe and efficient operations.

The announcement, subject to normal consultation under Danish labour laws, is expected to lead to a net reduction of 16 positions in the Danish business, the company said.

With the consolidation of Maersk Oil’s Danish Business Unit nearing completion and the recent Tyra agreement in place, the company stated it is now manning up in parts of its onshore business in order to be best prepared for delivering on its strategy.

Patrick Gilly, Managing Director of Maersk Oil’s Danish Business Unit, said: “I fully appreciate that it is an unsettling time for our colleagues offshore and I want to express my sincere appreciation of our colleague’s constant dedication. With the new Danish Business Unit organizational structure in place, both onshore and offshore and an agreement with the Danish state on the future of the Danish North Sea, I believe we are better positioned to support our strategic ambition to build a stronger presence in our North Sea heartland.”

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