Repsol Cutting Canada Work Force as Oil Slump Reduces Activity

  • Producer eliminating 10-15% of Calgary employees, contractors
  • Company disclosed plan last year to cut 1,500 jobs globally

Repsol SA is reducing its work force in the heart of Canada’s oil patch by 10 to 15 percent as it contends with a protracted slump in crude prices.

Spain’s largest oil producer, which acquired Canada’s Talisman Energy in May, is making the reductions to employees and contractors in Calgary, Brent Anderson, a spokesman, said Thursday in an e-mail. He declined to give a total figure for the positions eliminated.

“In light of ongoing low global energy prices, we’ve spent significant time considering what our organization needs to support our future activity levels,” Anderson said. “This is a very tough week for our company and all of the people who work here.”

The job reductions in Canada follow a plan by Repsol outlined to employees last year to cut about 1,500 positions as part of a program to boost cash and reduce costs after the $13 billion Talisman acquisition. Energy companies are eliminating jobs as they scale back on drilling and dividends to shareholders to cope with the worst oil slump in a generation. U.S. crude is still trading below $35 a barrel more than 20 months into the downturn.

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