An oil and gas firm has announced plans to create 500 new jobs in the north-east of Scotland.
Aker Solutions already employs 2700 people in the area at the company’s Dyce and Portlethen bases.
The 500 jobs are in addition to 350 new positions created since last August, when the company announced its intention to create new jobs in Aberdeen.
The jobs were announced as First Minister Alex Salmond held talks at the international oil services company’s headquarters in Oslo, Norway.
Mr Salmond said: "Aker Solutions is one of Norway's flagship companies, with extensive global operations and already a huge presence in Scotland. I am delighted that they now plan further investment and job creation in the city, delivering a great boost for the north-east and wider Scottish economy.”
Leif Borge, Aker Solutions' president and chief financial officer, added: "Aker Solutions has a proud heritage in Aberdeen and we are looking forward to tapping further into the excellent oil and gas competence base here. We are experiencing activity growth in both the UK North Sea and international markets.
“Our objective is to provide an even better level of support to our customers, which will enable us to win more work and capitalise on the expected market growth. Hence we are investing in our operation in Scotland."
Aker Solutions provides oilfield products, systems and services for customers in the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company employs approximately 23,500 people in more than 30 countries.
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