An Aberdeen MP has written to BP asking for “urgent clarity” on whether North Sea jobs will be lost in its latest round of cuts.
Earlier this week the energy giant confirmed around 540 upstream jobs will be cut globally.
It did not confirm how many roles based in Aberdeen will be lost, but said the losses represent around 3% of upstream jobs worldwide.
Aberdeen North MP Kirsty Blackman has now asked BP to announce as soon as possible where they can be expected, and what measures will be taken to redeploy staff.
Similarly, ConocoPhilips last month announced it was cutting 450 jobs in the UK but did not disclose exactly where the axe would fall.
Ms Blackman said: “It simply isn’t acceptable for BP to create so much job uncertainty with this announcement, and I think they urgently need to clarify where these cuts are coming and provide a regional breakdown of them.
“It is unclear how the 3% cut will be broken down worldwide – so we don’t know if that’s 3% of the BP North Sea upstream workforce, or if the percentage of jobs lost in this regional would be higher or lower than that.
“It is vital that BP provides much more detail on how this reduction will look in real terms, and provide clarity on whether or not there will be opportunity for redeployment within the company for employees who may be affected. That information needs to be forthcoming, and this energy giant needs to take a more responsible approach to announcing planned job cuts.”
It is understood many of the reductions expected will be through natural attrition and not backfilling vacancies, as well as demobilisation from projects that are coming to an end.
BP has been asked for a response.
On Tuesday a spokeswoman for BP said: “BP has today informed staff of planned organisational changes in its upstream business regions worldwide, aimed at further improving the efficiency and competitiveness of its organization.
“This is part of the ongoing process across BP to modernise its business to adopt more efficient ways of working and also to further simplify its organization and increase efficiency following $50 billion worth of divestments over recent years.”
The firm’s Clair Ridge project in the North Sea, which is targeting 640million barrels of oil, is due to come on stream later this year.