ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) and the subsidiaries of the large firm will have 7,500 new job opportunities in UAE ready by 2015, thanks to several projects that will increase oil, petrochemical and gas production capacities across the group.
This results in a 30 per cent production hike across the board for ADNOC, covering increases to the production and labour force according to the CEO of Adma-Opco (Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company), Ali al Jarwan. Jarwan spoke at a meeting in Abu Dhabi where national GCC oil firms gathered.
The ADNOC workforce is around 25,000 currently, including employees at a government-controlled holdings firm and 14 oil and gas sector businesses. These include firms within the oilfield servicing and resource extractions fields, as well as refining and processing, chemical production and distribution and marketing of associated products such as fertilizers, plastic products and fuel.
Most of the newly hired staff would be sourced from ADNOC’s Technical Institute as well as the Petroleum Institute and are likely to be predominantly Emirati. Both of the training and educational facilities are found in Abu Dhabi and founded by the group to help produce highly trained staff for future positions.
Deputy Director of human resources and admin for ADNOC, Badria Khalfan stated that Emiratis make up just over 50 per cent of the workforce currently, but the target is to reach 75 per cent national workers by 2014.
In order to reach that goal while also expanding the total workforce ADNOC needs to hire almost 12,000 new UAE national employees as well as replace a fair number of the expats currently employed with Emiratis. This would push the total staff count to 32,500 by the close of 2014.
Recent announcements also stated that ADNOC’s capacity for oil production should rise from the current level of 2.8 million bpd (barrels per day) to 3.5 million bpd by the year 2018. Gas output is also expected to rise significantly.Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News