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Shell to cut jobs in the Gulf of Mexico amid weak oil prices


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By Jennifer Larino, | The Times-Picayuneon July 21, 2016 at 3:55 PM, updated July 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Shell plans to cut, consolidate or relocate more than 150 offshore jobs in the Gulf of Mexico as part of an effort to shave 2,200 positions across its global operations this year. The restructure offshore follows job cuts at the company’s New Orleans office amid weak oil prices.

Shell has decided to move forward with “structural changes and personnel reductions” after reviewing its deepwater Gulf of Mexico operations, spokeswoman Kimberly Windon said in a statement emailed to | The Times-Picayune. Shell informed employees of its decision Thursday afternoon (July 21).

The company will reduce its Gulf of Mexico workforce — about 770 positions total — by 25 percent by the end of the year, Windon said. That equates to about 192 positions.

Windon said Shell is not sharing specific numbers for how many jobs will be eliminated at this time. She said some jobs could be relocated elsewhere in the company.

The statement said the changes are necessary “in order to remain competitive and better position Shell’s Gulf of Mexico projects for future growth.”

Thursday’s announcement affects only offshore jobs. Windon said the company does not anticipate any additional reductions of office staff at One Shell Square in New Orleans at this time. 

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