Internal restructuring
Norge; Agder og Rogaland; Rogaland
Location of affected unit(s)
Offshore, Tananger
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Mining Support Service Activities
09.10 - Support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction

180 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 April 2015
Employment effect (start)
31 August 2015
Foreseen end date
30 September 2015


Dolphin Drilling, a drilling contracting company in the offshore oil and gas industry, will dismiss 180 employees in Norway. The oil rig market is slowing, and one of Dolphin Drillings rigs, the "Bredford Dolphin" will be off contract at the end of the summer. 160 employees offshore and 20 employees on land will be dismissed.

The rig is currently working for oil company Lundin off the Norwegian coast near Florø, and will drill a well for the same company near Stavanger later this summer. After August/September, the rig does not have any new assignments and will be docked. This forces the company to dismissals. Dolphin Drilling has two other rigs in Norwegian waters, the «Borgland Dolphin» and «Bredford Dolphin», which both are on contract into 2017. The company expects the market to bounce back before then, but states that dismissals are unavoidable with the docking of Bredford Dolphin as temporary lay-offs are not an option for a period without contracts this long.


  • 30 April 2015: Sysla
  • 29 April 2015: enerWE


Eurofound (2015), Dolphin Drilling , Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 79405, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/79405.