ENERGY GIANT Shell is to shed 250 posts from its North Sea operation over the next year.
Employees and contractors will be affected by the cuts, which target onshore positions.
A Shell spokeswoman confirmed the company is reorganising its onshore operations to “better serve the needs of its offshore facilities and to build a stronger long-term business in the North Sea”.
Shell produces around 12 per cent of UK oil and gas and has interests in more than 50 North Sea fields.
The company operates some 60 offshore and sub-sea installations and three onshore gas plants at St Fergus, Mossmorran and Bacton.
It is understood the jobs will go at Shell’s office in oil and gas hub Aberdeen.
Parent company Royal Dutch Shell last week pledged to return more than $30 bn (£18bn) to investors over two years as quarterly profits rose by a third.