ABU DHABI // Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its subsidiaries expect to add about 7,500 new jobs by 2015, due to a number of projects aimed at boosting the group's capacity to produce oil, gas and petrochemicals.
"For ADNOC across the board, we're talking about 30 per cent growth in production and workforce in the next five years," Ali al Jarwan(CK), the CEO of Abu Dhabi Company for Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco), said today on the sidelines of a meeting of GCC national oil companies in Abu Dhabi.
Currently, about 25,000 people work for the ADNOC group, which includes a government-owned holding company and 14 units that operate in all sectors of the oil and gas industry - from resources extraction and oilfield services, to processing, refining and chemicals production, to the marketing and distribution of end products that include fuels, plastics and fertilisers.
The new hires would be overwhelmingly Emirati, recruited mainly from the ADNOC Technical Institute and the Petroleum Institute. Those are, respectively, a vocational college and a specialised university in Abu Dhabi that ADNOC founded with industry and academic partners to meet its future requirements for technical staff.
Badria Khalfan, the ADNOC deputy director, human resources and administration, said the company had set a target of increasing its percentage of Emirati employees to 75 per cent by 2014 from just over 50 per cent currently.
To attain that goal while boosting its total workforce to around 32,500 by the end of 2014, the company would need to induct nearly 12,000 new Emirati employees and replace thousands of its current expatriate workers with UAE nationals.
ADNOC has announced plans to increase it total oil production capacity to 3.5 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2018 from about 2.8 million bpd currently, at the same time significantly raising gas output.