EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Esso Norge

Esso Norge

Geographic Location

Country: Norway
Region: Vestfold; Sør-Østlandet; Norge
Location of affected unit(s): Slangentangen


Sector: Mining / quarrying
Mining and quarrying
09.10 - Support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction
Number Employed: 280
Group: ExxonMobil

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 27-04-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 200
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-09-2021
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2022
Planned Job Creation: 30
Direct Dismissals: 200

Additional Information

The Norwegian subsidiary of the American oil company ExxonMobil, Esso Norge, will cut 200 jobs following a restructuring of the largest of the two oil refineries in Norway, at Slangentangen in Vestfold. For economic reasons, such as a challenging market characterised by declining demand and strong competition, the oil refinery will be turned into an oil terminal between 2021 and 2022. The restructuring means that the plant at Slangentangen will now import products, rather than refine oil. Redundant employees will be offered severance packages, help with job search and career counselling. The union representative states that the process has so far been properly handled, but that it may become difficult when the company eventually must identify those staff who will be given notice. The demand for fuel is decreasing across Europe and oil refineries profitability is under question.