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The leading manpower provider in Scotland has secured two multi-million pound deals to the value of &pound20million per year with the Canadian-based energy company, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd.

Recognised as a global leader in providing key staff to the energy sector, Orion Group, which is headquartered in Inverness, has secured a contract to be one of two providers supplying workers for Nexen’s Golden Eagle Project, as well as extending its current contract with the organisation.

The Golden Eagle development includes both the Golden Eagle and Peregrine reservoirs located in the North Sea, approximately 43 miles from Aberdeen, with Orion Group providing UK and overseas manpower services over a fixed five-year period.

The original contract has also been increased by a further three years which will see Orion Group provide recruitment services to Nexen’s Aberdeen, Uxbridge and offshore installations with the company operating in high-quality oil and gas in three key basins: the North Sea, offshore West Africa and the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Steve Greig, associate director of Orion Group, said: “These deals amount to &pound20million per year and will have an immediate impact on Orion Group with our focus on the opportunities which will arise over the next five years.

“We have had a dedicated team working with Nexen to ensure its expectations are not only met, but exceeded, and we’re confident that the relationship will bring mutual rewards and successes.  We were pleased that our reputation for quality and high levels of support helped us to secure these deals.” 

Alan Savage, chairman of Orion Group, said: “Being appointed to work with Nexen as a global business partner underlines Orion’s strength and ability to attract some of the world’s finest energy specialists and it is encouraging to be in position to provide some 140 workers to the sector over the coming years.

“2012 is an important year for the company and this deal, allied with others in the pipeline, will have an immediate impact on Orion Group and we are focussed on the opportunities which will arise over the next few months.”

The deals follow the appointment of Ross MacRae as group human resource director, himself an expert with more than 20 years’ professional experience who will operate from the Inverness head office.

Orion Group recently won a coveted British Safety Council Sword of Honour, one of only a handful of Scottish based International companies to walk away with an award. 


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