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Norway-based services company Aker Solutions will cut another 175 jobs this year while North Atlantic Drilling is set to cut 250 jobs in Norway as work orders dry up due to cutbacks by Norwegian upstreams.

The postponement of Germany-based RWE Dea’s offshore Zidane gas field last week prompted the Aker cuts, Norwegian newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad said.

The layoffs are expected to hit the company’s platform maintenance and modification division.

The new round of job cuts brings the total number of layoffs at Aker this year to 575.

Aker said retrenched workers will be transferred to the company’s internal recruitment firm, Aker Advantage, to help the workers find positions either in or outside the company.

A company official said about 100 employees will be transferred from the maintenance and modification division to the subsea division during the winter, Upstream said.

Bermuda-based rig contractor North Atlantic Drilling is reportedly set to lay off more than 250 workers in Norway, Stavanger Aftenblad said.

The Seadrill-owned company is moving rigs out of Norway due to drilling cutbacks by Statoil and other Norway-based explorers and producers.

Norway-based rig maintenance company Coast Center Base is also expected to lay off more than 100 of its 240 employees after Statoil announced it will move its offshore logistics base from Bergen to Mongstad.


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