200 new jobs as GE creates Bristol subsea centre

Posted on 18 Dec 2012

GE’s Oil & Gas Subsea Systems business in Aberdeen will create a new subsea centre in Bristol at the city’s Aztec West Business Park, creating 200 new jobs in 2013.

GE’s subsea business is growing and it expects the trend to continue in the following years. Opportunities are available for a range of engineering, project management and commercial professionals, the company says.

GE Oil & Gas has been expanding its UK facilities. More than £620,000 has been spent on modernising the Master Control Station workshop and Subsea Electronics Module at its facility in Nailsea, Somerset. Earlier this year, GE announced a £9 million investment in its offshore manufacturing plant in Montrose with the creation of 40 new jobs.

Rod Christie, vice president for Subsea Systems at GE Oil & Gas, commented on the creation of a second subsea hub in Bristol, “The area has a strong pool of high integrity industries, such as aerospace, defense, nuclear and automotive that we can tap into, allowing us to realise our growth goals more readily.

“Establishing a stronger presence in Bristol will enable us to bring new and much needed skilled staff into our global organization supporting the capabilities of our existing subsea hub in Aberdeen,” he added.

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, said: “This will expand GE’s oil and gas presence in the U.K. and support the provision of high-tech equipment and services to the global oil and gas sector. I am also pleased that GE has decided to locate this hub in my constituency, which is good news for the area and for UK manufacturing at a challenging time for the economy.”

GE Oil & Gas currently employs 550 people in Bristol, where it has operated since 1980. The company’s Subsea Systems headquarters in Aberdeen employs more than 800 people.
GE’s subsea production equipment is one of the world’s main suppliers for subsea field development, with more than 1,000 systems installed worldwide.