Petrofac commits to strategic future in Aberdeen

18 May 2011

Petrofac, the international oil & gas facilities service provider, today announced significant investment in the Aberdeen region, cementing its strategic commitment to the city and the future of safety in the oil & gas industry.

The Company has invested considerable time, money and people to move its freefall lifeboat capability from Dundee to the Quay in Aberdeen Harbour. This move will not only enhance Petrofac’s Training Services business, but help to position Aberdeen and the North Sea as a strategic centre for the development of its UK operations.

The investment sees Petrofac bring together all of its Marine training to one location, to offer more efficient, flexible training to delegates. The Aberdeen harbour area is less exposed to strong winds than the Dundee location so the site is expected to experience less restrictions due to weather conditions. The site will also add two fast rescue boats as well as pontoon and davits and a number of upgrades have been made to current facilities at the Quay, which will mean a total of 15 boats and 21 staff delivering competence training and maintaining the facilities in the area. All Dundee staff are being transferred to the new Quay facility.

In a speech to customers and partners to launch the arrival of the freefall, Ayman Asfari, group chief executive, commented: “By bringing our freefall lifeboat capability to Aberdeen, we have made a significant investment which I hope underlines the importance we place on the continued development of our training business and to Aberdeen as the strategic centre for the development of Petrofac’s operations in the North Sea. We have been working here for the last 30 years and are still investing in our business for the future.”

He continued: “Our training business is a key differentiator for our group. In addition to building and operating assets on behalf of our customers we are assisting them to train and develop their staff to create fully competent local workforces to support their operations in the future; providing them with global competency with local execution and often creating better prospects for the individuals in the communities where we work as a result. An example of this is our work today and tomorrow with the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Marine Coastguard Agency and Oil & Gas UK where we are working with them to deliver Exercise ‘Sula’, a major emergency simulation in the North Sea.”

Paul Groves, managing director, Petrofac Training Services added: “Today marks the beginning of a new era of safety in our industry, bringing together skills, training and facilities to offer a world-class level of service. Aberdeen has the potential to lead the way in this area and become a centre of excellence for safety, which will no doubt boost the local community and increase safety around the world. Here at Petrofac, we are looking forward to being part of this growth.”