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

190 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 June 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2015
Foreseen end date
31 October 2015


Offshore drilling company Maersk Drilling is to cut 190 jobs as two drilling rigs in Norway are off contract from this autumn.

The fall in crude prices and subsequent reduced activity in the North Sea has resulted in a difficult contract situation for the company. Drilling rig Maersk Giant will be off contract in September, while Maersk Guardian will be off contract from October.

The company currently has 1300 employees on the Norwegian continental shelf, from all parts of the country. It is yet to be determined which employees will be made redundant. Selection will be based on seniority, as far as possible. The restructuring will affect all parts of the company, but the site of Rogaland and Stavanger will be especially hard hit. Union representatives state that the cuts are highly unfortunate, but likely inevitable given the current situation.


  • 23 June 2015: Dagens Næringsliv
  • 22 June 2015: Stavanger Aftenblad


Eurofound (2015), Maersk Drilling Norge, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 84037, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/84037.