First Minister visits Prime Four
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Opens Statoil's New HQ
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Prime Four today to conduct the official opening of Statoil House, the company’s new operations centre for the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
“Statoil’s expansion plans in both oil and gas and renewables demonstrate the versatility of Scotland’s energy sector. While we realise that these are challenging times for the industry and workforce, this investment and expansion from Statoil is a real vote of confidence in the North Sea’s future. We are committed to working with firms like Statoil to support Scotland’s mixed energy sector and prepare it for a positive future,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with Hedda Felin, Managing Drector of Statoil Production UK
Hedda Felin, Managing Director of Statoil Production UK, underlined Statoil’s long term energy partnership with the UK, as a gas supplier and an investor in oil and gas as well as offshore wind.
“Statoil has a long term commitment to Scotland and to the UK Continental Shelf, as this new operations centre visibly demonstrates. Starting with just a handful of employees in the spring of 2013, Statoil has grown its workforce in Aberdeen to around 140. This autumn we will initiate another significant recruitment process, with around 40 open positions to be filled in coming months,” she said.
“This is an exciting time for Statoil and a positive development in what has been a really challenging time for our industry. We are delighted that Statoil see the UK Continental Shelf as an attractive place to invest and we value the proven expertise in technically challenging heavy oil developments that they bring. The new office and presence here is a very welcome signal of confidence in the future of the UK North Sea,” she said.
Statoil House is a purpose-built, 45,000 sq ft office development at Prime Four Business Park, which Statoil selected in 2014 from a list of 28 potential sites to house its UK headquarters.
Construction started in December 2014. Statoil House has been built to Statoil's specifications by park developers Drum Property Group.