MEMBER NEWS: Aker Solutions set to grow UK workforce by 25 percent in 2022

February 22, 2022
MEMBER NEWS: Aker Solutions set to grow UK workforce by 25 percent in 2022

Courtesy of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

Aker Solutions will recruit 200 employees in the UK throughout 2022 – increasing its UK workforce by 25%.

This recruitment will support the delivery of a new strategy which targets significant growth in renewables and low carbon oil and gas solutions.

Kjetel Digre, Aker Solutions chief executive officer said: “In 2025, one-third of our total revenues will come from solutions enabling oil and gas production with low-carbon emissions, and from deliveries to renewable energy projects. And by 2030, this will grow to two-thirds. In parallel, we aim to reduce our CO2-emissions by 50 percent by 2030, reaching net zero by 2050.

“We operate in more than 20 countries around the world, and we have some of the industry’s best experts for both concept development and delivery of new energy projects. With these extensive capabilities, our purpose is to solve energy challenges for future generations.”

This strategy is bolstered with the appointment of Jason Brown as Aker Solutions’ head of renewables in the UK. In this position, Jason will lead the delivery of the company’s UK renewables growth targets. He will report to Stephen Bull, executive vice president of renewables at Aker Solutions and RenewableUK chair.

Stephen said: “Jason’s appointment signifies a commitment to strengthen our UK business by expanding our expert project delivery offering to renewables. It builds on a near four-decade legacy in the UK in which we’ve built a presence across the entire value chain. Our experience, expertise and pioneering technologies is easily transferable to the production of renewable energies, and this allows us to be an effective partner to our UK customers, supporting their energy transition and net zero ambitions.”

Jason joins Aker Solutions’ UK team from Malaysia, where he was head of the company’s engineering segment in the region. His ambition for the UK is to build on the Aker Solutions’ trusted alliance model which creates strong operational, inter-company partnerships whilst boosting local supply chains.

Jason said: “Facilitating collaboration and knowledge sharing across the supply chain is key to building renewable and low carbon capabilities in the UK. Aker Solutions’ pioneering alliance models brings together complementary companies to foster more efficient project delivery for the customer, while increasing learning opportunities within the supply chain.

“I think this is the future of project delivery in the North Sea – across renewables and low carbon oil and gas. It creates integrated teams which share the expertise of multiple companies while standardizing work processes, reducing cost and ultimately improving overall project delivery.”

Aker Solutions’ wider recruitment campaign sees the company increase its global workforce by 14%, from approximately 15,000 to 17,000 – adding 2,000 positions across several key regions including the UK, Norway, India, Malaysia, the USA, and Canada.

Read this story on the AGCC website here.

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