OIL and gas engineering firm OneSubsea is considering closing its Leeds operation next year with the loss of up to 600 jobs.
The company blamed the “severe” downturn in the oil and gas industry as operators reduce their investment. It said the scenario had dramatically impacted OneSubsea’s order intake, leaving many of its plants underutilised.
OneSubsea has 929 staff in Leeds. Some staff will remain at its site on Queen Street, Stourton, under the proposals.
In a statement it said: “We are considering a proposal to cease manufacturing, assembly and test activities in Leeds during 2017. We understand the impact of this announcement on our employees and the local community.
“This is only a proposal at this stage and we will be conducting consultation with the unions and employee representatives and make every effort to try and mitigate as much as possible the impact on our employees.
“Under the proposed changes, we will keep a presence in Leeds and will continue to operate an engineering, project management and tendering hub in the city to continue to support our activities in the region.”
OneSubsea was formed earlier this year following a joint venture between two global leaders - Cameron and Schlumberger - to manufacture and develop products, systems and services for the subsea oil and gas market.
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