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Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) Opens New Offices

Wood GroupWood Group Engineering (North Sea) Ltd, part of John Wood Group PLC, has opened a new engineering office in Glasgow, initially bringing up to 250 new highly skilled jobs to the city. The company has also taken new office space in Aberdeen, where it is creating over 100 new engineering jobs during 2006.

With more than 1,300 Aberdeen-based personnel already working onshore on contracts with most major operators in the North Sea, the company has opened the new 27,000 sq ft office in Glasgow to ensure it gains access to a further resource pool of skilled engineers. The addition of a further 17,000 sq ft of office space at Regent Quay in Aberdeen provides for continued expansion in its home city.

George Brown (Managing Director, WGENS) said, "We are currently experiencing a sustained growth in demand for our services from our clients in the North Sea coupled with various international growth opportunities. We have now taken on new offices at Regent Quay, in addition to the recent occupation of significant new premises at Trafalgar House in Aberdeen, and are continuing to enhance the existing facilities at Wood Group's Eastern Hemisphere headquarters at John Wood House. Our new Glasgow office permits us to access a highly skilled additional talent pool, improving our ability to complete increasing workloads for current clients and allowing us scope for future growth. We view this as a long term strategic initiative."

Wood Group will be the first major tenant for Scottish Enterprise Glasgow's NOVA Technology Park in the city's Robroyston which forms a cornerstone of Glasgow city's strategy for attracting new high tech research and development businesses in the future.

"One of the biggest challenges facing the city is to broaden out the type and quality of companies we have operating here," said SE Glasgow's operations director, Stuart Patrick. "Attracting one of the world's leading energy groups as our first major tenant is huge vote of confidence in the skills and the location Glasgow can offer business across all sectors of the economy."

Deputy Minister for Enterprise Allan Wilson added, "The creation of at least 250 highly skilled jobs is excellent news for Glasgow, and I am pleased that we have been able to support this with £1.5 million Regional Selective Assistance.

"The oil and gas industry is a vital and successful part of Scotland's economy and is also at the cutting-edge of technology and skills expertise. Today's announcement further strengthens this position, and shows yet again that Scotland is a first class location for investment."

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Posted 31/08/06


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