Chevron today announced that it is opening energy technology centres in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Perth, Australia. The two centres will provide R&D and technical services for the company’s global operations.
Chevron Energy Technology Company (ETC) will operate the centres, which are expected to open in early 2007. Approximately 100 technology professionals will be employed at each site.
According to Chevron, the Aberdeen and Perth facilities will complement existing major technology centres operated by ETC in California and Texas. Those centres provide research, development and technical support to Chevron’s upstream, downstream, global gas and emerging energy businesses around the world.
‘We are excited about technology’s role in adding new oil and gas supplies and new energy sources to meet the world’s growing energy demand,’ said Mark Puckett, president, ETC. ‘With their robust energy industries, quality and size of local and regional talent pools, and long-standing presence of Chevron operations, Aberdeen and Perth are excellent locations for our new technology centres.’
For Chevron, the new technology centres also will provide an opportunity to leverage the company’s experience and research through alliances with leading universities and other research institutions.
In addition to the experienced Chevron staff that will work in these facilities, the majority of employees are expected to be hired from within each region.
Recruitment campaigns are planned for the Aberdeen and Perth technology centres to recruit experienced personnel and university graduates, including geologists, geophysicists, and petroleum, process and facilities engineers, with an emphasis on candidates who have master’s and doctorate degrees.