RDS Expands Offices in UK, Creates More Jobs in the Area

RDS, a division of the KCA DEUTAG Group, is opening an office in Stockton on Tees, north east England.

Scheduled to become operational in August 2008, the Stockton office is RDS's third office in the UK and will create 50 new jobs by the end of 2008 and more than 130 jobs in the longer term. RDS was awarded a £ 1.35 million grant from development agency One NorthEast to establish the 13,000 sq. ft. engineering design office.

The opening coincides with an expansion of RDS's office in Aberdeen to create another 50 engineering design positions, in addition to the 150 staff currently employed in Aberdeen. The company has invested £ 700,000 in the expansion, which has seen the conversion of part of an existing warehouse at Minto Drive, Altens Industrial Estate into office premises, schedule to open in June 2008.

The opening of an office in Stockton and the expansion in Aberdeen follow a significant increase in offshore engineering project work won by RDS over the last 12 months.

An unprecedented growth in demand for its services in recent months, to the extent that we now employ about 700 people in our offices in London, Aberdeen, Stavanger, Bergen (Norway) and Baku (Azerbaijan), which represents an 83% increase in our total workforce since 2005," said Peter Brackenborough, RDS Head of Engineering.

RDS has secured a number of significant contracts in the last 18 months, including a large number of brownfield modification projects in the UKCS, Norway, and West Africa, and greenfield engineering design contracts for projects in Russia, Asia, and the Caspian. Overall work volumes in Norway alone during 2007 increased by nearly 60%.