Maersk Drilling to cut offshore rig jobs

Maersk Drilling USA Inc. will eliminate 80 offshore employees who work aboard the Maersk Developer rig in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Houston Business Journal, citing Maersk’s letter to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Maersk Developer rig was contracted to Statoil from September 2009 until last November. Statoil was using the rig to drill an exploratory well in the Martin prospect, but the well was plugged and abandoned in September 2014.

The Maersk layoff notifications began Jan. 25 and will be carried out over a five-week period. Workers will remain employed for 60 days following their notification. Maersk Drilling USA could recall some of the terminated employees if the company secures a new contract for the Maersk Developer.

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