Between 500 and 800 employees of the oil service company MHWirth in Kristiansand may lose their jobs, the head of the company’s owner said at a conference on Friday. MHWirth is owned by the investment company Akastor, in which industrial firm Aker has nearly a 35 percent stake.
State broadcaster NRK reported that Aker chief Øyvind Eriksen said at an industrial conference Monday that as many as 800 jobs may be cut at MHWirth, which already has been through a round of cuts earlier this year. Around 100 full-time employees and 200 consultants were let go.
The company’s managing director Roy A Dyrseth wrote in an email to local Kristiansand newspaper Fædrelandsvennen that “if we don’t get new, bigger contrats over the next 12 months, it will unfortunately be necessary for further staff reduction.”
Just over 1,520 work for MHWirth in Norway, most of them in Kristiansand. Aker has also been cutting jobs in its other businesses, with as many as 500 additional jobs being cut at its Aker Solutions, mostly in the subsea operations at Fornebu, Stokke, Moss and Tranby.