Shell has announced plans to cut 190 positions from its deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico.  

The cuts include contractors and Shell employees, and are part of the company’s plan to slash 2,200 jobs worldwide following a review of its Gulf of Mexico operations.

Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon told AP that the company’s decision came after it found that its staffing levels were higher than other operators. 

"Reductions are expected to take place by the end of this year."

As part of the plans, the company’s Gulf workers are planned to be shifted to other locations.

Shell said it is assigning more work to onshore teams by streamlining its administrative workload. The reductions are expected to take place by the end of this year.

The company currently operates seven major deepwater and ultra-deepwater floating platforms, five fixed-structure facilities and platforms, subsea production systems, as well as a drilling rig fleet in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Shell is part owner of four producing projects in the Gulf of Mexico operated by other oil and gas companies.