Jobs to be added across all Scottish divisions to meet North Sea demand
Norwegian-listed oil and gas firm Aker Solutions has announced plans to create 500 new jobs in Scotland over the next two years.
The firm already has 2,700 employees working in the industry in Scotland at its subsea and drilling technology bases in Dyce and Portlethen.
Aker has already added 350 new jobs in Scotland since last August to meet growing demand.
New jobs will be created across all of its Scottish-based business segments, which include maintenance and upgrading services for North Sea platforms.
Aker set out a business plan in 2011 to achieve growth of between nine and 15 per cent by 2015.
The new jobs were announced today as First Minister Alex Salmond held talks with the company at its headquarters in Oslo.
Leif Borge, Aker Solutions’ president and chief financial officer, said: “Aker Solutions has a proud heritage in Aberdeen and we are looking forward to tapping further into the excellent oil and gas competence base here.
“We are experiencing activity growth in both the UK North Sea and international markets.
“Our objective is to provide an even better level of support to our customers, which will enable us to win more work and capitalise on the expected market growth. Hence we are investing in our operation in Scotland.”
Anne MacColl, chief executive of Scottish Development International, added: “We are working closely with Aker Solutions both in Scotland and in Oslo to provide a fully integrated package of support, including account management, to help the company realise its commitment here.
“Scotland is recognised as a world leader in the oil and gas industry with international sales for 2010-2011 for Scottish oil and gas supply chain exports reaching £7.6 billion - a record 46.4 per cent of total Scottish supply chain sales.
“It is only by working with ambitious global companies like Aker Solutions that we can continue to build on these strengths, learn from key industry players and improve our capabilities and in doing so, drive home long-term sustainable growth for the Scottish economy.”