Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil will reportedly reduce its workforce by 2000 positions.

It was reported about 1500 permanent employees and 500 contractors will be informed of this decision.

This is the biggest cut so far in the group, according to Dagens Næringsliv.

Downsizing is not published yet, but the staff will be notified shortly, writes the newspaper.

According to the newspaper must around 2,000 people leave the company. It is the result of discussion meetings as union representatives and management concluded Thursday. Executive Vice President Anders Opedal has led discussions.

Statoil’s executive management will shortly take the final decision, but there is nothing to suggest that the result will be something other than what was presented during Thursday’s discussions, the newspaper said.

Steward Stig Lægreid, representing Statoil engineers union NITO and who is an employee representative in the Statoil board, would not comment on the matter. Neither Statoil wish to comment now.

– I can not comment on this any further. It’s not taken a final decision about this process, says information director Jannik Lindbaek jr.

The cuts will be implemented during the next year, and the cuts will be implemented through early retirement, severance packages and attrition.

In a previous downsizing round, Statoil announced that 1,900 employees will leave the company. In this group there were both hired labor and permanent employees who have accepted severance packages.

Global Offshore Energy Staff