Norway’s Equinor to cut exploration staff by 30per cent

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Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor plans to cut its exploration staff by about 30per cent globally by 2023 to reduce costs as the COVID-19 pandemic reduces demand for petroleum, the company said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Equinor's logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Stavanger, Norway December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

02 Oct 2020 03:10PM

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OSLO: Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor plans to cut its exploration staff by about 30per cent globally by 2023 to reduce costs as the COVID-19 pandemic reduces demand for petroleum, the company said on Friday.

Equinor said it wanted to focus on selected areas when searching for new oil and gas resources, including Norway, Brazil and the United States, as its exploration spending had fallen by about a third from 6-7 years ago.

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The planned reduction will affect "hundreds of positions" by the end of 2022 both internationally and in Norway, but will not have an immediate impact on exploration plans, Equinor's spokesman Erik Haaland said in an email.

"For 2020 we expect to drill around 30-40 wells globally, and this announcement does not affect the planned activity level for 2020 and 2021," he added.

The company has previously said it planned to spend US$1.1 billion on exploration this year, down from an original plan of US$1.4 billion detailed in February.

Norwegian news website E24 was the first to report on the planned cuts.

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Equinor, which had 21,000 employees at the end of 2019, said it would offer severance packages in some locaRead More – Source

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