Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Extraction Of Crude Petroleum And Natural Gas
06.1 - Extraction of crude petroleum

700 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
24 February 2014
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2014
Foreseen end date
31 March 2015


Midwater drilling contractor Songa Offshore is recruiting 700 new employees for its semi-submersible rigs on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The expansion is mainly due to a major contract with Statoil for the delivery and operation of four new rigs. The rigs are being constructed in South Korea and will be delivered to Norway in late 2014 and early 2015.

The company has advertised the 700 new positions and has already received 4,000 applications. Interviews will start in April. The first group of new employees will be hired in time to follow the first rig from the shipyard in Korea in the fourth quarter of 2014. The recruitment process will be done in waves as the four new rigs are delivered, and a number of employees will also be recruited for new onshore positions.


  • 1 April 2014: Songa Offshore (press release)
  • 24 March 2014: Sysla
  • 24 February 2014: Offshore.no
  • 20 April 2014: E24


Eurofound (2014), Songa Offshore, Business expansion in Norway, factsheet number 76774, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76774.