(Bloomberg) — Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s biggest oil-sands producer, will trim 10% to 15% of its workforce in the next 18 months, joining a long list of energy companies in Alberta that have announced layoffs following a collapse in fuel demand due to the virus.
Suncor had already been preparing for a smaller workforce but the planned cuts, which could affect as many as 2,000 employees, were accelerated after the Covid 19 pandemic contributed to a collapse in oil prices, Sneh Seetal, spokeswoman, said by phone.
Staff reductions won’t be limited to any geographic area or part of the company, she said. Suncor will slash about 5% of its workforce in the next six months. Employees were informed earlier Friday of the plans.
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Energy companies in Alberta, the Canadian province that holds the world’s third-largest oil reserves, started cutting jobs after oil prices first plunged in 2014. The pandemic, which spurred drillers to shut in more than a million barrels a day of production, has only worsened the situation. In recent months, companies including TC Energy Corp. and Ovintiv Inc. have announced staff changes.
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