Internal restructuring
Norge; Sør-Østlandet; Vestfold
Location of affected unit(s)
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Mining Support Service Activities
09.10 - Support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
30 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
27 April 2021
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2021
Foreseen end date
31 December 2022


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. 



Eurofound (2021), Esso Norge, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 104792, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/104792.