SEVERAL hundred new jobs are set to be created in the North-east.
International energy firm Statoil is finalising its plans to develop a 45,000sq ft facility at Prime Four business park in Kingswells, with the potential to expand to 90,000sq ft.
Construction will begin in November this year subject to planning consent from Aberdeen City Council.
Gunnar Breivik, Vice President for Statoil Western Europe said: “We are in the middle of a significant recruitment effort for our Aberdeen operations centre, as well as for offshore positions”
The new facility will become the operations centre for the Mariner field.
More than $7 billion (£4.5 bn) is to be invested in the project which will be operational for 30 years.
It is the UK’s largest offshore development for more than a decade.
Statoil joins Nexen, Apache and Transocean which are already based at the business park in Kingswells. Construction on the development, that will include offices for Premier Oil and OneSubsea, is due for completion in early 2016.
Mr Brevik said: “We are confident the business park at Kingswells will provide us with valuable flexibility for long term growth and expansion in Aberdeen.”