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UK-based energy recruitment company, Earthstaff, have established a presence in Iraq by opening an office in the city of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region. With proven oil reserves of 45 billion barrels and production expected to reach one million barrels a day by 2015, Earthstaff see the region as key to their growth plans of the coming year.
John Kittle, operations manager of Earthstaff Kurdistan, said: “We’re delighted that the Kurdistan Ministry of Natural Resources has accepted our application to become a supplier to the region and we are excited to develop a presence in Erbil. We already work with a large number of operators in the region and understand the talent required to be successful, so it was a natural progression for us to open an office and cement our position as one of the leading specialist recruitment consultancies in the region.”
“Over the past 12 months myself and members of our London based team have visited clients and officials in Kurdistan five times. We began to understand the importance placed on having a local presence and local knowledge to provide assurances to our clients and to the Kurdistan Regional Government that we truly understand the uniqueness of the region,” he added.
Mr Kittle continued: “There is expected to be over a +100% increase in the number of rigs in operation in Kurdistan over the next 12 months and should a production sharing agreement be agreed between the North and the South [of Iraq], we expect there to be a significant rise in activity and opportunities for technical expat professionals. We pride ourselves on understanding the processes and challenges our clients face and we are looking forward to providing the talent that will help business and the Kurdistan region flourish.”