EPC Offshore said yesterday it wanted to recruit up to 40 people as part of plans to help operators get potential investments off the ground.
The Aberdeen project-management business said it wanted to take on 10 people at its concept development division straight away, and a further 30 over the following 18 months.
EPC hopes the concept development team – which comes up with engineering solutions to help exploration and production companies move projects towards sanction and final delivery – will be able to take advantage of the multibillion-pound investment plans in the North Sea over the coming years.
The division employs 20 people, but expects demand for its services to increase as operators aim to start production at new North Sea discoveries.
EPC chief executive Keith Wallace said: “Investments totalling almost £100billion are now in companies’ plans and, while the prospect of investment on such a scale highlights the significant potential of the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector, the challenge for operators is in getting those projects to the bankable stage.
“To do so, they need significantly more manpower within the concepts development arena to get projects ‘over the line’ and maximise the opportunities this projected record spend . . . provides.
“We have steadily invested in expanding our company both in terms of our people and our capabilities in line with market needs in the last 12 months and have found demand for our services continues to rise.”
EPC’s latest recruitment drive follows plans announced earlier this year to add 35 people to its Aberdeen workforce to support its work in brownfield, subsea and floating production and storage markets.