Aker Solutions has announced the investment in a move into a new complex in Dyce – agreeing a lease of up to 35 years – with the potential to create hundreds of new jobs in the North East.
The company is among the largest employers in Aberdeen with operations spread across six sites in the city. Subsea, the company’s largest business area, is already located in Dyce. It brings together engineering and technologies for oil and gas drilling, field development and production.
The new facility will have the capacity to house about 2,400 employees from different business streams in an area that is expected to benefit from development in surrounding infrastructure. This includes the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Road which is set to be completed in 2018.
Aker Solutions – named after the river in Oslo where the company first started trading in 1841 – will lease the buildings from the property developer Abstract Cornwall Ltd for a total annual rent of GBP £7.74 million over 20 years.
The facility is under development and will consist of three interconnected buildings in the Aberdeen International Business Park on Dyce Drive, the main route between city centre and the airport.
“This move is a long-term investment for us and underlines our commitment to Aberdeen and our customers in the area,” said David Currie, Aker Solutions’ regional head in the UK. “The new offices will provide high-quality facilities and enable us to bring the majority of our employees in Aberdeen together in one central location.”
This move has been described as a major show of faith in the North Sea and follows on from record investment in the sector in recent years – highlighting the huge future potential to be exploited.
Local SNP MSP, Mark McDonald, said: “This £150m investment is yet another vote of confidence in the North Sea – and highlights the strength of our oil and gas industry. There is more wealth remaining off Scotland’s coast than has been extracted – and so it is more important than ever that we make the right decisions to make the most of this resource.
“While Norway has used their oil wealth to establish a fund worth £500bn to benefit future generations – it is only the UK and Iraq amongst major oil producing countries who have failed to establish such a fund.”
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