Great Yarmouth jobs at risk at offshore firm Amec Foster Wheeler

Embargoed to 0001 Thursday May 19File photo dated 16/03/07 of an oil rig in the North Sea. Picture:

Embargoed to 0001 Thursday May 19File photo dated 16/03/07 of an oil rig in the North Sea. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Energy jobs are at risk in Great Yarmouth after an oil and gas firm revealed it was consulting workers over potential cuts.

Amec Foster Wheeler, which employs between 200 and 300 people in the town, said the losses would be from staff working on the firm's joint venture with two Dutch firms delivering a contract for Shell.

Reports suggest there could be up to 100 jobs at risk, but the company said the number was unknown.

A spokesman for the FTSE 250 business said the consultation would begin on June 8, but added the aim was to relocate and redeploy as many people as possible.

Simon Gray, chief executive of the East of England Energy group, said there would be an urgent discussion over the potential job losses at tomorrow's meeting of New Anglia LEP's Oil and Gas Taskforce.

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'Our hearts go out to those affected,' he said. 'We will work with the Oil and Gas Taskforce, Jobcentre Plus and the Department of Work and Pensions to do anything we can to be of assistance with CV writing, interviewing skills, advice on retraining for renewables or other vocations etc.'

In a statement, the spokesman for Amec Foster Wheeler said: '[We] can confirm that there will be consultation with employees about potential job losses in Great Yarmouth, but are unable to give any further details at this stage.'

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Amec Foster Wheeler employs more than 40,000 people across 55 countries in industrial engineering and project management. In Great Yarmouth it is based at Gapton Hall Industrial Estate.

It formed a joint venture, AJS, to deliver the ONEgas Integrated Services Contract for Shell which includes work at Bacton Gas Terminal.

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