Oil services company Baker Hughes is closing a wireline facility in Houma and laying off 60 people.

“The lay off is expected to be permanent,” according to a letter to the Louisiana Worforce Commission from Brandy Brandon, Baker Hughes human resources lead – Gulf of Mexico.

The layoffs were scheduled to take place around Feb. 4, Brandon says in the Feb. 4 letter. The Houma employees will be paid for the 60-day period and benefits will continue for three months after the layoff.

Wirelines include the electric cabling used to lower tools into the wellbore. The cabling also transmits data about the wellbore conditions.

Employers are required to give employees 60 days notice of plant closings and mass layoffs under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.