Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Scotland; Highlands and Islands; Shetland Islands
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Coke And Refined Petroleum Products
Manufacture Of Coke And Refined Petroleum Products
19.20 - Manufacture of refined petroleum products

60 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 July 2019
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 January 2020


Oil company EnQuest has announced that it is to cut jobs at the Sullom Voe oil terminal on Shetland. The company employs around 400 staff at the site and has confirmed that 60 employee positions will close, as well as a further 20 contractor roles. The decision is part of a move to cut costs in preparation for negotiations around a new contract. The Unite union has reacted to the news with a mixture of surprise and disappointment, and has stated that a ballot over industrial actions remains a possibility. The company has stated that it hopes to achieve as many cuts as possible through voluntary redundancy, and that redeployment options will also be considered.  The process is expected to be complete by January 2020.



Eurofound (2019), EnQuest, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 98177, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/98177.