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Total has confirmed the loss of 250 jobs in Aberdeen following its takeover of Maersk Oil last year

French energy company Total agreed to buy Maersk’s oil business last year for $7.45bn.

Total said it was consulting with its workforce and seek alternative jobs in other locations for those affected.

Scottish Labour’s Energy spokesperson Lewis Macdonald said: “These job losses were foreseen at the time of Total’s acquisition of Maersk, but this does not make it any easier for those affected.

“We can foresee more job losses in the oil and gas supply chain as pre-2015 contracts come to an end, even while prospects for the sector in general are beginning to look up. 

“These job losses confirm that the Scottish Government’s decision to close down the Energy Jobs Taskforce last year was taken far too soon.”

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