Work is under way on UK North Sea headquarters for Norwegian oil firm Statoil at the Prime Four business park in Kingswells, Aberdeen.
A total of 60,000 square feet of office accommodation will house 200 employees of the company after it moves in early in 2016.
Statoil, which until recently had just a few Aberdeen-based staff, also expects to have a further 500 people working offshore on its £4billion-plus Mariner development south-east of Shetland.
“This is an important milestone for Statoil in Aberdeen,” Gunnar Breivik, managing director for Statoil Production UK, said at a ceremonial sod-cutting at Prime Four yesterday.
He added: “This new building will be the operations centre for the Mariner field, which is currently under development, and also, hopefully, for several other fields in the future.
“This represents a huge investment for Statoil. We are a late entrant into the UK North Sea oil and gas industry but we have a strong commitment to the UK continental shelf.”
Statoil’s new building is being built to the oil firm’s exact specifications by business park developer Drum Property Group.
It is part of the second stage of Prime Four’s development. Other signed up tenants in this phase include energy service company OneSubsea, accountancy firm Anderson Anderson Brown and North Sea operator Premier Oil, which relocated from the city centre earlier this week.
De Vere Hotels has just opened one of its Urban Village Resorts at Prime Four, which will have more than 2,000 people working there by the time the Statoil complex opens.
Social amenities in phase two include the Fourcourt plaza, which is designed to be the park’s social hub and features a multi-use sports pitch, cafe bar/restaurant and takeaway delicatessen.
Pre-school childcare is also being introduced to the park in this phase, with Kingswellies Nursery already under construction and due to open in February.
Phase one construction was completed earlier this year and saw oil and gas operators Nexen and Apache as well as drilling contractor Transocean move on to the park.
Drum managing director Graeme Bone said: “We already have a well-established mix of world class tenants at the park and Statoil will be yet another welcome addition to this group.
“Prime Four will play a major role in generating hugely significant economic activity for the north-east of Scotland for many years to come.”
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