EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Norway
Region: Rogaland; Agder og Rogaland; Norge
Location of affected unit(s): Stavanger, Tananger


Sector: Mining / quarrying
Mining and quarrying
06.10 - Extraction of crude petroleum
Number Employed: 1850

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 11-06-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 200
Planned Job Reductions max: 200
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-08-2021
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2022
Other Job Reduction Measures: 200

Additional Information

The American multinational oil and gas company ConocoPhillips is cutting 200 out of 950 jobs at the head office in Tananger, Stavanger, Norway. The job cuts were set out in a plan to reduce costs announced on 11 June, and are to be implemented by 2022. Management at the firm attributes the decision to the need to remain competitive in the face of expected production revenues. 
The employees were informed about the job reduction plan in a digital meeting.  Shortly after the meeting, the company sent an open offer for severance packages to all employees at the head office. Age and seniority will be criteria for how much the employees can reach in the severance packages. The offer is open until after the summer holidays. 
Union representative Eirik Birkeland in Industri Energi (Industry Energy), which is part of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions LO, does not agree with the way the staff reduction target is set, and states that the union will not accept redundancies before the goal of 200 is reached through severance packages. Since March, the union has been informed regularly about the staff reduction plans. 
In addition to the job cuts onshore, ConocoPhillips has launched the cost reduction plan Ekofisk 2030+ for offshore operations at the Ekofisk plant, which includes streamlining, outsourcing and plans for staff reduction over time. The union has expressed their concerns to the company's management of the many restructuring processes that are taking place at the same time, as well as their concerns that there will eventually be involuntary dismissals. 
ConocoPhillips recently celebrated 50 years of production at the Ekofisk plant outside of Tananger. The company headquarters are based in Texas, USA, and have operations in 17 countries worldwide.