Jobs bonanza as Statoil plans to develop fields

By Ross Davidson

Published: 08/06/2012

A jobs bonanza is in the pipeline thanks to plans by one of the North Sea’s biggest players to invest £18billion in two major projects.

Statoil said its huge Mariner and Bressay fields – two of the UK’s largest untapped oil finds – could still be in production 45 years from now.

The Norwegian energy giant had already said work on the two developments could lead to 700 new posts – but now believes the projects will require another 300 people. About a third of the roles will be based onshore at a new operations centre the company plans to set up in Aberdeen, where it will oversee its plans for the heavy-oil projects.

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