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Gasco recruiting for major expansion


Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (Gasco) is recruiting hundreds of engineers and technicians as part of a major expansion.

The company hopes to recruit some 1,800 staff over the next 18 months, increasing its workforce by about 40 per cent. Gasco, a unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, is on the verge of starting several major projects, including expansions of existing plants as well as the installation of new gas processing facilities at various locations.

A dozen projects worth more than US$13 billion are at various stages of execution. Once those projects have been completed, Gasco will be one of the world's largest gas processing companies.

The initiative comes as data suggest Middle East oil and gas companies are hiring again after dramatic cutbacks at the height of regional unrest in recent months.

According to a job index by Monster Gulf, listings for jobs with oil and gas companies declined 31 per cent between November and April.

But Mark Guest, the managing director of, said the number of projects hiring in the region could increase as much as 60 per cent this year over last year. At the same time, recruiters say Gulf companies are struggling to find enough qualified people.