Integrated drilling and environmental service firm TWMA said yesterday it was creating more than 100 jobs.
This follows the Aberdeen company landing a contract worth up to £12.4million with Zakum Development Company (Zadco) in the Middle East.
The deal is for the UZ 750 project in the Upper Zakum field in Abu Dhabi, one of the largest oil fields in the world.
TWMA will design, commission and operate an advanced solids-control and fluid-recovery system for the artificial islands project.
Its contract runs for five years with two one-year extension options. The firm will deliver specialist drilling services, including handling, transfer, storage and treatment of both oil and water-based drill cuttings.
TWMA has 350 staff globally, with about 200 of them in the north-east.
About 80 of the new recruits will be in the Middle East with the remainder in Aberdeen.
UZ 750 involves up to 150,000 tonnes of modular processing and other related facilities on four artificial islands. Production at Upper Zakum is being expanded to 750,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 520,000bpd.
TWMA sales director Rob O’Neill said: “Our cuttings-handling solutions are leading the way in the field of drilling, making us the ideal partner for Zadco on a project that has the potential to redefine oil production in the Middle East.”
This latest success means TWMA has accelerated its global growth plan and is investing in a new onshore support base in Abu Dhabi, which is due to open early next year. It will include provision for onshore support services including repair, maintenance and construction, plus offices, a yard and warehouses.
Mr O’Neill added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us and we will work closely with Zadco to develop and deliver a safe and efficient solution to meet and exceed the requirements of working in such a unique environment.
“Globally, our business is going from strength to strength. We very much see our relationship with Zadco as the basis for the future growth of our market leading services in the Middle East, underpinning our commitment to the region.”