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Halliburton supervisor Jonathon Vangel and coil tubing engineer Cindy Zamorano keep an eye on the second stage of a hydraulic fracturing operation at Lost Hills for Chevron.

Felix Adamo

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. was expecting Friday to carry out its fourth round of local layoffs so far this year, bringing its number of jobs lost since December to 150.

The latest action was expected to claim six permanent positions, all of them related to cementing work based at the company’s offices at 34722 7th Standard Road, according to a notice Halliburton sent Kern County government Tuesday.

Most recently, the Houston-based company let go 54 local employees last month. They are part of about 2,000 layoffs in Kern’s oil industry since the start of the year.

The cutbacks in oil stem from a roughly 50 percent drop in the price of oil since June 2014, a decrease widely attributed to an oversupply of crude in global markets.

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