The North-east has been dealt another employment blow with the announcement that Shell is to cut 475 North Sea jobs.
The move follows the oil giant’s takeover of the BG Group and what was described as a “lower for longer” oil price environment.
Most of the job losses are expected to be from the company’s Aberdeen headquarters.
Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett, who is the Scots party’s new energy spokesman, said it was another sign of the difficulties facing the North Sea oil and gas sector in a challenging global market.
He added: “The announcement today that another 475 jobs could go in the UK and Ireland this year will be worrying for all of those who work at the company’s North Sea headquarters in Aberdeen.
“One of the first jobs in my new role as energy spokesman will be to offer what support I can to the industry here in the North-east and to make sure that both the Scottish and UK governments are doing their bit to ensure we get through this downturn while safeguarding as many jobs as possible.”