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Job losses announced at Sussex engineering company

Up to 120 workers at an engineering company based in Crawley are facing redundancy amid "extremely challenging market conditions".

Doosan Babcock is to launch a consultation process with employees on the potential for up to 120 job losses among permanent staff across its UK facilities.

The majority of the positions affected are in management and back-office support services.

The job losses will be spread between Doosan Babcock's main sites at Renfrew and Crawley in West Sussex, and smaller facilities in Tipton, West Midlands, Selby, North Yorkshire and Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

The company - which employs more than 5,000 people - specialises in providing engineering, aftermarket and upgrade services to the power generation, oil and gas, petrochemical and process sectors.

"Doosan Babcock has shown strong underlying performance in the last 12 months but continues to face extremely challenging market conditions.

"To meet these challenges, ensure a sustainable future for our employees and add value to our customers, we are undertaking this review of our organisational structure.

"Unfortunately this will result in some job losses and this is particularly difficult for a company which places great importance on our staff.

We will do our utmost to support our colleagues during this unsettling time. Until the consultation period has concluded, it would be inappropriate to provide further comment."

– Doosan Babcock chief executive officer Andrew Colquhoun