Aibel has opened a new office base in Hammerfest, in order to better serve the Hammerfest and Barents Sea region, a region the company has defined as the most strategically important for future growth in Norway. In doing so, Aibel becomes the first company in Finnmark to offer multi-disciplinary design, project management and engineering services for oil and gas production facility customers in the Far North of Norway.
Aibel AS, Jan Skogseth said, “This office opening marks the start of a new era for us. While we have been actively involved in the region since the beginning of 2006, through our maintenance and modification contract at Melkoya, to date the work has been coordinated via our other offices. But the time is now right to establish a proper base from which we can better serve the region first hand. From day one we already have around 40 employees, a number we expect to see grow to 50 by the end of the year. Beyond that too, we hope, by 2010 to have a locally employed staff of 100.”
Aibel is also working closely with the local authorities, businesses and educational establishments to ensure local qualified people are aware of the many and varied career opportunities the company has to offer.
Regional manager, Rune Larsen said, “We believe we offer excellent opportunities for both those recently qualified and those who are maybe from the region, but until now have been working away and are keen to return. Hammerfest is a great place to be right now and we are delighted to be playing an active part in its on-going development.”
The offices were formally opened, June 26th, 2008 by the mayor of Hammerfest, Kristine J. Boch, at a ceremony attended by around 60 invited guests.
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