By August 17, 2017 Read More →

No way back for OneSubsea plant in Stourton

The troubled OneSubsea engineering and manufacturing plant in Stourton, which employed 900 staff as recently as April of this year, looks set for full closure and demolition in the coming months.

As previously reported, 620 staff were laid off earlier this year, out of a total of 900 – due to the oil and gas industry (in which OneSubsea is a global leader) experiencing a prolonged downturn.

Twilight for a Leeds engineering giant (image: Ed Carlisle)

Previous rounds of redundancies (notably in 1999 and 2004) have been fairly short-lived, with the plant bouncing back each time. However, OneSubsea have now – via a company called Indigo Planning – applied for permission to demolish the site.

South Leeds Life understand that some teams still remain on site, as they complete various assembly projects – but that that work will be complete by mid autumn. The last staff will then leave the site, opening the way for demolition – and potential redevelopment.

OneSubsea and their parent company Schlumberger have repeatedly declined to comment.

 

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Ed's originally from Sheffield, had the misfortune to grow up down south, but has lived in Leeds since the 90s and Beeston since 2002. He’s involved in various local projects, including: Beeston Festival, the Holbeck viaduct scheme, community hiking and camping events, youth work, local green/growing projects, and South Leeds Life. He dabbles in local politics, and co-runs Leeds-wide charity Together for Peace. He's married to Tania, and has a young daughter Emily.

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