New business park jobs

RDS, KCA DEUTAG’s engineering division, is to open an office at Wynyard Business Park, Tees Valley. This is scheduled to become operational in August 2008 and will create 130 new jobs.

The office will be the company’s third within the UK – along with Aberdeen and London – and it follows the significant increase in offshore engineering project work won by the company over the last 12 months.

RDS has signed a ten-year lease and is investing in the latest engineering technology for the site. One NorthEast awarded the company a £1.35m Selective Finance for Investment grant to fund the project.

One NorthEast director of business and industry Ian Williams said: ‘RDS has excellent growth potential, which is great news for the Tees Valley in terms in jobs creation and enhancing our status as source of highly skilled engineering talent.’

RDS is initially looking for NVQ or degree qualified engineers and designers in the disciplines of structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, piping and HVAC, as well as cost, planning, safety and drilling operations engineers. There will also be managerial and administrative positions to be filled.