Brinderson, L.P., a full-service oil exploration and production company head-quartered in Costa Mesa, has announced it will lay off 329 people at work sites in Elk Hills, Lost Hills, Coalinga and San Ardo between Dec. 7 and Feb. 1.

Two major Kern County oil companies have terminated their relationship with Brinderson.

The bulk of the layoffs, 242 jobs associated with the Brinderson contract with Chevron, will take place this month.

Notices filed with the County of Kern state Chevron and California Resources Corp. are unilaterally terminating their contracts with Brinderson. The company will be terminating all operations associated with those contracts and laying off the workers.

“Chevron has unexpectedly decided not to renew Brinderson, L.P.’s contract beyond 2015,” the notice to the county reads. “This action was sudden, unanticipated and unforeseeable.”

In the case of the CRC contract, the notices state, “CRC has signed a project labor agreement with the Buildings Trades Unions” and will switch the work over to those new agreements by Feb. 1.

Both contracts are for maintenance work at sites owned by Chevron and CRC.

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