Technip expanding in St. John's

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Company aims to double workforce in next few years

Technip Canada Ltd. is expanding its St. John's office to get ready for oilfield expansions off Newfoundland.

The company plans to double its 53-person workforce over the next few years.

Sam Allen, president of Technip Canada, looks ahead in five-year increments and what he sees is room for growth.

"It looks good for the next five years."

Sam Allen, president of Technip Canada, says the company sees room for growth in offshore activity. Submitted photo

Technip Canada Ltd. is expanding its St. John's office to get ready for oilfield expansions off Newfoundland.

The company plans to double its 53-person workforce over the next few years.

Sam Allen, president of Technip Canada, looks ahead in five-year increments and what he sees is room for growth.

"It looks good for the next five years."

The company is eyeing "step-out" work at both the White Rose and Hibernia oilfields.

Both fields are expanding, though White Rose is further down that road with an approved development plan and another in the works for two of three satellite fields.

Husky Energy has scheduled first oil at the North Amethyst satellite for late 2009.

"The good news is now we're ready to do more work here as the province needs us to do more work," said Allen. "We've got a ready-made team here to help deliver those projects."

Allen says the company needs a variety of people with oil and gas experience, including engineers, specialists in quality management and contract specialists.

Technip refurbished its offices in downtown St. John's and has taken on additional space in the same building.

"We've got enough space at this location to go to around about 110 people, which is where we expect to get."

Technip, which started recruiting in October, is looking for people within its own ranks and wherever Newfoundlanders are looking to return home.

"We're looking for quite a lot of people for before the end of this first quarter. We're starting to staff up now."

The company expects to have 80 employees this year, and continue growing to 110 people by 2010-11.

The St. John's office also carries out international work for its Technip counterparts in Norway, the U.K., Australia and the U.S.

"We'll still maintain our international work as well, but as we grow, the growth is more associated with local support," said Allen.

Technip provides engineering support, technology and equipment for offshore oil and gas projects, and has worked on all three oilfields off Newfoundland.

During the construction phase of the White Rose project, Technip designed, supplied and installed equipment on the seabed used to pump oil from the field. That contract was worth $250 million.

Its Paris-based parent company, Technip Group, also designs and manufactures subsea equipment.

mbaird@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Technip Group, Husky Energy

Geographic location: St. John's, White Rose, Newfoundland Canada Norway Australia U.S.

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