AGR Underlines Long-Term Commitment to North Sea

AGR Petroleum Services, the world's largest independent well management company, has highlighted its on-going commitment to the North Sea by playing a key role in an industry conference aimed at young professionals.

The firm, based in Queens Terrace, Aberdeen, was a supporting sponsor of the Oil & Gas UK Next Generation Conference '08 where it oversaw group discussions on how the industry can encourage more young people to consider a career in the oil and gas industry.

More than 200 delegates attended the event where they had the chance to get their ideas about the industry's future direction heard by some of the current leaders in the energy sector.

The conference coincided with AGR's announcement that it is due to relocate to the new Union Plaza office development in Union Row where it has taken a 15-year lease for the entire 17,000 sq ft third floor.

Ian Burdis, vice president of well management at AGR, said: "We are absolutely committed to working in the North Sea for the forseeable future. The industry here is on a high and we're enjoying record levels of activity as a global provider of well construction and well management services. This year we expect activity to increase significantly compared to last year and are scheduled to drill more than 25 wells – up 80% on 2007.

"At AGR we have been fortunate enough to recruit some of the top project managers and engineers in the oil and gas sector who have enabled us to continue providing the very highest level of service to our clients. They are also fantastic examples of what opportunities are out there for young people taking their first steps on the career ladder."

A team of six rising stars from AGR attended the Next Generation conference and gave valuable input in to the day which culminated in a white paper being prepared for industry highlighting the outcomes of the event.

Joanne Cockburn, consultancy manager at AGR said: "The energy industry offers great opportunities thanks to the diverse array of disciplines that you can develop into. There's a perception externally that these are predominately offshore or engineering based however there are opportunities available to all backgrounds and professions.

"The benefits of working for a company such as AGR are in abundance. The company actively encourages individual development and makes sure that everyone in the organization feels valued. They recognize and develop potential by providing training, mentoring and encouragement to help individuals to obtain their maximum potential."

Michail Tzouvelekis, business development advisor said: "The North Sea remains one of our key areas for activity and underlines the huge potential that remains in the UKCS. Our commitment to the region is highlighted by the way we support the professional development of our staff and is why we were so keen to have our views heard at this important conference."

AGR is due to relocate to its new premises at the end of this summer. It is expected the move will provide the company with the space it needs to substantially grow its operation both within the UKCS and internationally.