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Royal Dutch Shell is preparing to cut as much as 25 percent of its deepwater Gulf of Mexico workforce.

A Shell spokesperson told ABC News on Thursday that the company expects to eliminate about 190 jobs from its deepwater Gulf of Mexico operations.

The spokesperson told ABC that the decision was made after the company determined its deepwater staffing levels were higher than other operators.

Shell has not disclosed a final headcount reduction target or provided a timeline for the cuts.

A Shell spokesperson told the Times-Picayune on Thursday that some of impacted positions could be relocated to other places within the company.

According to the Times-Picayune, the cuts will account for about 25 percent of Shell’s Gulf of Mexico workforce and will only affect offshore workers.

The job cuts will impact both Shell workers and contractors at deepwater Gulf of Mexico facilities, the paper said.

Shell said in May that it will cut about 2,200 jobs this year, pushing its 2016 job cut target up to 12,500 positions.

Shell told ABC News that the deepwater Gulf of Mexico cuts are a part of those previously announced job cuts.


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