Construction gets underway for new GDF SUEZ E&P UK Aberdeen premises

21 Feb 2013

Construction gets underway for new GDF SUEZ E&P UK Aberdeen premises





The first steps were taken today for the construction of a new Aberdeen office for fast growing North Sea operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd. A groundbreaking ceremony took place with developer Miller Cromdale at the North Esplanade West site.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Cllr. George Adam, along with GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd Managing Director Jean-Claude Perdigues, and Miller Developments Chief Executive Phil Miller, made the ceremonial cut of the first sod to signal the start of building work on the five storey office.

GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd is taking a 15 year lease on the new building which will provide capacity for up to 200 people and will allow the company space to grow as it ramps up activity in the UK North Sea.

The company is currently split across three sites in Aberdeen; Union Plaza, Holburn House and City Wharf, and the new office will consolidate all the teams in one location from 2014 and provide 40,000 square feet of office space.

The company is operator of the Cygnus gas and Juliet gas fields in the Southern North Sea (SNS). Cygnus is the largest gas discovery in the SNS in the last 25 years and first gas is expected in late 2015. Juliet is a subsea tie-back development with first gas due in late 2013. The company also has an exciting portfolio of discoveries and exploration projects in the Central North Sea and West of Shetland.

Jean-Claude Perdigues, Managing Director at GDF SUEZ E&P UK, said: “We are rapidly becoming one of the leading operators in exploration and production in the UK Continental Shelf. We are focused on growing our business in the UK North Sea and committed to building on our Aberdeen presence since establishing our UK operations base in Union Plaza just three years ago. This new facility will bring all of our teams under one roof and provide the ideal hub to drive forward our operations from Aberdeen.”

Phil Miller, Chief Executive, Miller Developments, said: “Miller Cromdale is delighted to mark the beginning of works on the site of GDF SUEZ E&P UK’s new office building. We have been working closely with GDF SUEZ E&P UK over the past few months and are looking forward to delivering this prestigious office development for them.

“North Esplanade West is a prime office location offering views across the River Dee, and this latest development further complements the work that we have been involved in to regenerate the North Dee Business Quarter.“

The office will be built to achieve the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) “excellent” rate. It will be one of the first buildings in Aberdeen to achieve this rating under the 2011 scheme.

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Issued on behalf of GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd by The BIG Partnership.

Contacts:

GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd
Catharina Weegh
Phone: +44 (0) 203 122 1427 Email:catharina.weegh@gdfsuezep.co.uk

The BIG Partnership
Vicky Florence
Phone: +44 (0) 1224 615008 Email:vicky.florence@bigpartnership.co.uk

About GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd

GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd is an increasingly significant player in oil and gas exploration and production in the UK Continental Shelf. Since entering the region in 1997, the company has built up a substantial portfolio of assets in the Central and Southern North Sea, and West of Shetland, comprising over 50 licenses, 19 as operator.

GDF SUEZ E&P UK is the operator of the Cygnus development, one of the most significant undeveloped gas fields in the North Sea and employs more than 300 staff and contractors in offices in London and Aberdeen.

As part of the GDF SUEZ group, the world’s largest utility company, we share a common vision and a commitment to excellence in energy. The GDF SUEZ group is actively involved in oil and gas exploration and production in 16 countries.

About GDF SUEZ

GDF SUEZ develops its businesses (electricity, natural gas, services) around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources.

The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services.

GDF SUEZ employs 218,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €90.7 billion in 2011. The Group is listed on the Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone and ECPI Ethical Index EMU.

About Miller Cromdale

Miller Cromdale is a joint venture partnership between Miller Developments and Aberdeen based developer Cromdale Ltd.