Aker Solutions Establishes Center for Offshore Engineering in London
The London office is today working on high profile field development projects, including the topside FEED (front-end engineering and design) study for Statoil's Mariner field in the UK North Sea and a FEED contract for Det Norske Oljeselskap's Draupne field on the Norwegian continental shelf. Aker's London office was originally set up to provide engineering for field development projects for the North Sea and worldwide. In the new, expanded office, Aker Solutions will be present with several other business areas, including subsea, drilling technologies and well intervention services, the company stated.
"We opened the office last autumn, and we have been growing rapidly to 200 people by early June this year. It is very satisfying to see that we are attracting top engineering competence to our company. Based on this initial success and a highly favourable market outlook, we see that we have the potential to add a further 1 300 employees by 2015. This is driven by activity growth in all key oil and gas regions worldwide," adds Eriksen.
Some 1,700 Offshore Specialists at London Engineering Center
The company has recently signed an agreement to lease the entire 220 000 square feet of Building 6 at Chiswick Park, where, at full capacity some 1 700 personnel, including specialist engineers, project managers, administrative personnel and up to 200 customer representatives, shall be housed.
With expected growth rates of 9-15 per cent per year from 2011 to 2015, Aker has also announced to expand its facilities in the British Oil Capital Aberdeen with 500 jobs over the next two years. Already now, the
company is one of Scotland's largest employers with a workforce of more than 2 700 people in Aberdeen.
Earlier this year, an accident at the Elgin platform in British North Sea waters has caused a gas leak at a sub sea wellhead. From March 25th to May 16th an uncontrolled gas spill had caused an outflow of 50,000 m3 per day with yet unforeseeable consequences for the environment. During May, the well head was successfully shut of by offshore rescue specialists.More in: Gas Leak At North Sea Offshore Platform