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Royal Dutch Shell is planning to close several UK offices following its successful merger with BG Group.

According to Marketwatch, Shell has proposed plans to consolidate its London operations and close its Thames Valley Park campus by the end of 2016.

The company is planning to close BG’s head office in Reading by the end of the year as part of the plan.

Staff at BG’s head office will offered the chance to move to Shell’s offices in central London, the Guardian said.

Shell is planning to offer a voluntary redundancy program for workers at its Thames Valley Park offices, according to the BBC.

Shell will also close BG Group’s offices in Aberdeen, Scotland by the end of this year.

All onshore operations based out of Aberdeen will move to Tullos, Scotland, the BBC said.

Shell’s offices in Manchester are also expected to be closed by the end of 2017, Marketwatch said.

Shell has not disclosed how many jobs will be cut as a result of the closures and consolidations.

The company had previously said it expected to cut 2,800 jobs globally after its merger with BG Group was complete.

Those cuts are in addition to the company’s previously announced plans to reduce its headcount and contractor positions by 7,500 globally.

Shell said in December that restructuring will be needed to achieve the merger’s expected benefits, including $3.5 billion in previously disclosed pre-tax synergies.

Royal Dutch Shell completed its $70 billion merger with UK-based BG Group in February.


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