Amec Foster Wheeler (AFW) said yesterday it was still consulting workers in Aberdeen about possible redundancies, with the number of potentially affected jobs now standing at 43.
This down from a few weeks ago when the project management and engineering giant said it was speaking to 149 individuals about 64 potentially affected roles.
An AFW spokeswoman said yesterday there were no plans to radically reduce engineering numbers in Aberdeen, where the company employs about 3,000 people among a 40,000-strong workforce in 50 countries.
Sources have said AFW is moving work from Aberdeen to Glasgow and a “high value execution centre” in Chennai, India.
The spokeswoman said: “Amec Foster Wheeler can confirm that, as part of its strategy to deliver cost-effective and efficient services, it has adopted an operating model which includes using its high value execution centre and other centres of expertise, where appropriate, for its customers. We cannot comment on individual projects.
“The strategy of using high value execution centres isn’t new and we’ve been doing this in many locations, including Aberdeen, for several years.”
Alan Johnstone, managing director of AFW’s upstream asset solutions business, added: “Amec Foster Wheeler has been working in Aberdeen supporting the North Sea for 43 years.
“Our operating model means we can ensure we’ll be here for at least another 40.
“In the second half of the year we have a number of world-scale hook-up projects in the pipeline, which will see workforce numbers rise as they are executed.”
By Keith Findlay