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KCA Deutag announce redundancies

North Sea drilling contractor KCA Deutag has served more than 250 of its employees with formal redundancy notices. KCA is the operating subsidiary of the Aberdeen based oil services firm Abbot Group.

The move has been prompted by an anticipated downturn in North Sea drilling activity, although the company was unable to confirm whether or not all those who receive the redundancy notice will actually lose their job.

A spokeswoman for KCA has been quoted as saying: "As a result of an ongoing reduction in North Sea activity, KCA Deutag is having to cut back its operational staff, including those currently working with Brent. We are in a consultation with our employees and we will be looking to redeploy or relocate as many of them as possible." She added: "As we are still in the consultation process, it is too early to say how many employees will be affected. If anyone does come forward for voluntary redundancy, that will obviously be considered."

It is believed that some of the affected employees may get the chance to transfer to some of Abbot's ongoing overseas operations.

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