Global Energy Group announces plans to create 400 new jobs at Scottish energy hub

Hundreds of skilled workers are needed to turn a former Scottish oil yard into a new energy hub, its owners have announced.

The largely dormant Nigg oil yard was bought by Global Energy Group just over 12 months ago.

The group now plans to turn the site, situated near the Cromarty Firth in Ross-shire in the Highlands, into a multi-user energy centre.

Global Energy said it wants to recruit 400 skilled workers, who will be based at Nigg and the neighbouring service base at Invergordon.

The scheme has been boosted by growing demand across the energy sector for the manufacture of advanced technologies.

Developers hope that the new hub will help to re-industrialise the Cromarty Firth and strengthen the wider Highland economy.

The new jobs will be focused on the oil and gas side of Global Energy's operations.

Chairman Roy MacGregor said he was "delighted" that the group would be recruiting on such a large scale.

He said his team were expecting to receive a high number of applications for the new roles, thanks to the long history of people in the Highlands working at Ardersier and Nigg, and said the new staff would be needed to help the company fulfil a number of "exciting contracts" at the site.

Mr MacGregor said: "From the outset, one of our main ambitions in developing Nigg Energy Park was to see this site once again becoming a major local employer, providing good, well-paid jobs for people and making a real contribution to the area's economy."

He added: "A great deal of work has gone on over the past year since we took the facility over to try and ensure we could achieve that."

The latest Highlands-wide recruitment drive was also welcomed by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who praised the "magnificent renaissance" taking place at the Nigg yard.

He said the plans highlighted the "ambition" of the country's energy sector and the strengths of the Scottish workforce.

Mr Salmond added: "It is great news for the north of Scotland and rounds off another successful year for our energy industry."

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