UK: Union promises to protect BP workers after Magnus sale

Offshore workers’ union in the UK, Unite, has pledged to make sure the rights of BP workers are protected in any transfer to a new employer after BP’s sale of interests in a UK North Sea field and some associated pipeline infrastructure to EnQuest. 

To remind, BP on Tuesday announced the sale of 25 percent of its 100 percent stake in Magnus field; 25 percent of interests in a number of associated pipelines, and a 3 percent interest in the Sullom Voe Terminal (SVT) from BP Exploration Operating Company’s (BPEOC) current total 12 percent stake.

SVT and Magnus are expected to transition to EnQuest as fully operational entities, with those staff who operate and support the assets expected to transfer with the businesses. Around 100 BP staff are currently associated with Magnus and associated infrastructure, and approximately 240 with the Sullom Voe Terminal.


‘End of an era’


In a statement following BP’s sale announcement, Unite regional officer, John Boland, said: “Many people will look on this news as the end of an era, given BP’s long association with the Sullom Voe Terminal and the Magnus field. It was discovered by BP way back in 1974 when the company was still owned by the public.

“BP has said it will now start consultations and Unite is pledged to making sure the rights of our members are protected in any transfer. We are clear – there should be no change to the terms and conditions of any worker moving over to employment by EnQuest.”

Boland also added: “When transfers like this happen, there is often a concern about potential job losses. We strongly hope that is not the case here, and we will be talking with BP and EnQuest to get a clear idea of their plans for the future so our members are fully informed.”