Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28.92 - Manufacture of machinery for mining, quarrying and construction

170 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 June 2017
Employment effect (start)
31 August 2017
Foreseen end date
1 December 2017


Drilling equipment manufacturer National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Norway is cutting its staff by about 170 employees. NOV has undergone several rounds of restructuring over the past few years (see previous cases: 2016NO, 2015NO). The company previously cut its Norwegian staff from around 5,000 in 2015 to 1,720 in July 2017, affecting both hired consultants and permanent employees. The latest announced round of restructuring will affect 'up to 10 percent' of the remaining staff, namely about 170 employees. The selection of employees and sites affected is yet to be made, and this process will likely last at least until the end of September. The dismissal process is estimated to be completed by December 2017. A press release from the company states that its management in Norway regrets the strain such a situation is placing on the employees, and that it will try to conduct a tidy process, adhering to its responsibilities towards the affected parties. The company is restructuring in response to the low crude oil prices and to a sharp economic downturn with a negative result of 4 billion NOK (around €429 million) in 2016, when its revenue was reduced by 70 percent.


  • 22 June 2017: Dagens Næringsliv
  • 22 June 2017: E24
  • 28 July 2017: Romsdals Budstikke


Eurofound (2017), National Oilwell Varco Norway, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 91459, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91459.