Xodus to Open Shop Down Under

Seeking to establish a substantial operation in Australia, the growing oil and gas consultancy Xodus Group said that it plans to open its doors in Perth, Australia early in the New Year.

Speaking from Australia where he is investigating potential sites and recruiting, director and Group Chairman Alistair Dornan said: "When we launched in Aberdeen just over a year ago, we had plans to open an international office and have examined several options including Moscow, Kuala Lumpur and Houston. However, we believe the best strategic overseas move for us is to initially have a significant presence in Western Australia.

"The Asia Pacific market is very buoyant and has the potential for rapid growth. There are now many similarities to the mature market here in Aberdeen and we will be using our experience and expertise to exploit the opportunities."

Xodus' directors also believe the Australia office opens up opportunities for staff. "With the global skills shortage, there are the same problems recruiting people in Australia as in the UK," noted Dornan. "However with a great benefits package and an innovative and pro-active approach to recruitment, we are overcoming those challenges. We see the possibility of relocation to and from our Australia office as being particularly attractive to both existing and potential employees at Xodus in Aberdeen and Perth."

Xodus recently announced that it had exceeded its financial objectives, allowing it to embark on its internationalization plans earlier than expected. The international expansion will therefore be entirely self-funded. Xodus recently celebrated its first year in business with the news that it had reached a turnover of over £4.5 million with a staff of 60.

Xodus is a multi-discipline consultancy specializing in the independent delivery of consultancy services and production optimization products that support the upstream oil and gas sector. The Xodus Group comprises three divisions: Xodus Subsea, Xodus Oil & Gas and Xodus Technology.