Norge; Vestlandet; Hordaland
Location of affected unit(s)
Professional Services
Scientific, Architectural And Engineering Technical Activities
Architectural And Engineering Activities; Technical Testing And Analysis
71.12 - Engineering activities and related technical consultancy
New offshoring locations

208 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 August 2014
Employment effect (start)
7 August 2014
Foreseen end date
1 January 2015


Seismic acquisition company WesternGeco is closing its facility in Knarvik, Norway, dismissing or relocating all 190 employees and 18 temporary workers.

WesternGecko is the world's biggest seismic acquisition company, fully owned by international oil service company Schumberger. WesternGecko has nearly 700 employees in Norway. The Knarvik facility produces land and marine seismic equipment, mostly cables for sub-sea operations. The main reason for closing the site is reduced acquisition investments in the petroleum industry and increasing international competition.

The facility in Knarvik had 400 employees in 2009, but has undergone continous restructuring. In June 2014, the company informed its employees that it was considering closing the facility and moving production to WesternGecos facilities in Malaysia and its other sites in Norway. August 6th, employees were informed of the final decision to close the site. Most of the employees will no longer be working at the site by September 1st. Some are staying until the final closure, within the end of the year, while others will be offered other positions in the company. The company is currently negotiating the details with the unions. Union representatives believe it will be hard for many employees to get new jobs, and are especially concerned about those older than 58 years, who risk losing pension rights.


  • 20 June 2014: Avisa Nordhordaland
  • 21 June 2014: NRK
  • 7 August 2014: NRK
  • 7 August 2014: Bergens Tidende


Eurofound (2014), WesternGeco, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Norway, factsheet number 77388, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/77388.