NES Global Talent, the manpower solutions provider, is expanding in the Middle East in order to make the most of oil and gas opportunities across the region in locations including Iraq, Kurdistan and Abu Dhabi.
The company recently opened a second office in the Iraq region. The new Erbil operation in Iraqi Kurdistan will act as a business hub for activity across the wider region, meaning it is on the ground to support its contractors and key clients and able to make the most of the opportunities available across Kurdistan.
“Iraqi Kurdistan is one of the hottest spots globally for the oil and gas industry,” said Vikram Nanda, NES Global Talent Operations Manager in Iraq. “The size of the oil market has attracted many leading operators and huge amounts of investment. Currently, the majority of companies are at exploration stage and once this turns to production the need for manpower will increase significantly. We will be best placed when this happens.
“In northern Iraq and Kurdistan we are seeing a great deal of growth in operation and drilling services, with in-demand disciplines including subsurface, project services and operations and maintenance while in southern Iraq, existing oilfields such as Rumaila are also going from strength to strength and creating more and more job opportunities.”
The Erbil office is managed locally by NES Global Talent Recruitment Manager Glyn Evans, who has more than 15 years’ oil and gas recruitment experience. The company plans to make more hires in Iraq and Dubai throughout the coming year.
As well as increasing the number of offices it has in the Middle East, NES Global Talent recently moved its Abu Dhabi operation into new larger premises in order to grow the team and support increased business activity. Last year, NES Global Talent obtained a new trade licence, allowing it to partner more fully with the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world, opening up a host of new opportunities and enabling it to provide contract as well as permanent personnel in the region.
Neil Mellin, NES Global Talent Operations Manager in Dubai, said: “Abu Dhabi is the oil and gas capital of the United Arab Emirates and having signed the ADNOC manpower contract, we are now in a position to work on all mega projects in the Emirate. Over the next six years, Abu Dhabi is looking to double its oil production to over 1 million barrels per day with projects such as Upper Zakum, SARB, Umm Lulu and NASR as well as looking at projects to increase the supply of gas in Abu Dhabi. It’s an exciting time to be working in oil and gas in Abu Dhabi and we are looking forward to making the most of all of the new opportunities in the pipeline.”
Last year, NES Global Talent moved its Dubai operation to new larger premises and obtained a business registration in Oman. More office openings are planned in the Middle East over the coming year.
“Our business is expanding rapidly across the Middle East,” said Darren Grainger, Regional Director - Middle East at NES Global Talent.
“In northern Iraq and Kurdistan we are seeing a great deal of growth in operation and drilling services and skills shortages intensifies, the role of companies such as NES Global Talent becomes increasingly important.
“Our global network of offices has been opened strategically within oil and gas hubs, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to mirror the geographical footprint of our key clients, meaning we can deliver the challenging staffing projects that others cannot.”