Canadian pipeline company Enbridge revealed its decision to slash around 1,000 jobs following the completion of its $28bn merger with US-based Spectra Energy.

The redundancies would represent 6% of its overall work force, as reported by the Reuters.

Enbridge spokesman Todd Nogier told the publication that there exists duplications in the organizational structure of the combined entity.

Nogier said: "After a careful evaluation, Enbridge has taken the difficult but necessary step to address the overlap."

Nogier added that the job cuts were a component of the "synergies" that are likely to come in the next few months after the complete integration of the companies.

No information has been disclosed by Enbridge on the positions that will be become redundant.

In a span of two years or so, Enbridge has announced the layoff of over 2,000 jobs. In 2015, it removed 500 jobs and followed it up with 530 in 2016. The job losses have become common in both the Canadian and the US oil and gas industries which have come under pressure to sustain themselves owing to the downfall in energy prices.

It was in September 2016 that Enbridge had announced its acquisition of the natural gas company, Spectra Energy headquartered in Houston, Texas.

The deal which was completed in late February has created the biggest energy infrastructure company in North America with the combined entity expected to have an enterprise value of nearly C$165bn ($124bn).

Enbridge, following the merger, has an asset base that covers crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, a regulated utility portfolio, renewable power generation, and terminal and midstream operations.

The merger was a result of Enbridge’s strategy to tap into the natural gas sector and the Gulf Coast with new oil sand projects in Canada facing delay.