Statoil has officially inaugurated its new operations centre for the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in Aberdeen, announcing hundreds of new offshore jobs to be brought to the region.
The official opening was conducted by the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who hailed the Norwegian company’s expansion as a “vote of confidence” in the North Sea.
“Statoil’s expansion plans in both oil and gas and renewables demonstrate the versatility of Scotland’s energy sector. While we realise that these are challenging times for the industry and workforce, this investment and expansion from Statoil is a real vote of confidence in the North Sea’s future,” the Minister said.
Statoil Brings New Offshore Jobs to the UK
This reinforced presence in the UK is expected to bring hundreds of new jobs, Statoil’s managing director of Statoil Production UK, Hedda Felin, said.
The manager explained the company will start recruiting 40 people in the next few months.
As well as this, more than one thousand workers are to be employed in the Mariner hook-up and commissioning campaign, which is planned to start in the summer of 2017.
Statoil Aberdeen Office
“It is a tough time for the industry and for North-East Scotland. Statoil started its technical efficiency and improvements program early, and we are reaping the benefits of simplifications and improvements that have been achieved in the company and industry at large, as we take on the final development stages for Mariner and prepare for operations,” Felin explained.
“We are fortunate to be in a location where we are mandated to grow, developing something new, and contributing to local jobs and value creation,” she added.
Statoil to Drill Three New UK Wells
The Statoil representative explained further that the Norwegian company is planning to expand its activity in the UK Continental Shelf and is planning to drill three new exploration wells next year.
These include one in the Mariner area and two wildcat wells elsewhere on the UKCS.
As well as this, the company is planning to start pre-drilling production wells for the Mariner field in November, which calls for four to six wells to be ready before the start-up in 2018.