Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
North Sea
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Extraction Of Crude Petroleum And Natural Gas
06.10 - Extraction of crude petroleum

110 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 January 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 May 2015
Foreseen end date
1 June 2015


Oil company BP is downsizing its activity in the North Sea, reducing its staff in Norway by at least 110. At the time of the announcement, it was yet to be determined who and exactly how many would be affected by the restructuring. The details of the restructuring are expected to be worked out by May, at the latest. Hired consultants from various professions will likely make up the majority of the cuts, according the company. BP has been downsizing internationally since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and announced further cuts in December 2014. The process is now being sped up due to the fall of oil prices. At the end of January, BP announced it is freezing the salaries of almost all its employees. This does not, however, apply to those employees in the North Sea who are covered by Norwegian collective agreements. BP currently employs about 4000 in the North Sea. Other oil companies including Shell, Chevron and Statoil are also scaling down their activity in the area.


  • 15 January 2015: Nettavisen
  • 27 January 2015: Stavanger Aftenblad
  • 15 January 2015: NRK
  • 15 January 2015: Sysla


Eurofound (2015), BP Norge, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 78774, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/78774.