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Shell confirms plan to move North Sea base to Aberdeen city centre



Shell has announced it will be moving its North East headquarters to the Silver Fin Building on Union Street in the heart of Aberdeen city centre.

The premises will provide its staff of more than 1,000 with a modern workplace which is “fit for the future”.

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant opened its first office in Union Street in 1965 and in 2018 it marked 50 years of production in the North Sea.

It will be moving out of its current base in Tullos, Aberdeen, which has been its North Sea base since 1973. The future of the Tullos site has not yet been specified.

The group has not confirmed the date for its move to the new office, but the lease for its new premises will begin next year. It is understood to be occupying six floors at Silver Fin.

Simon Roddy, senior vice president for UK upstream at Shell, said: “This is the right move for our teams as we help shape that lower-carbon future, supporting the UK’s journey to net zero, while continuing to provide the energy the country relies on through the transition.”

Councillor Jenny Laing, Leader of Aberdeen City Council said: “Shell’s announcement of its relocation to Silver Fin is positive for the city and signals their confidence in Aberdeen and the city centre to other businesses and investors.”

In January, Shell announced plans to cut 330 jobs from its operations in the North Sea.

Most of the roles were based at its office in Aberdeen and will be lost over the next two years.

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