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Gas service firm creates 30 jobs; IN ASSOCIATION WITH Rensburg Sheppards PSN increases workforce by third after winning contract.

Byline: BY SOPHIE FREEMAN Daily Post Business Staff

OIL and gas services firm Production Services Network (PSN) has expanded with the creation of 30 new jobs.

The company, which has its regional base at The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn, has increased its workforce by a third, after winning a substantial contract with BP.

The Runcorn office specialises in providing support services to the oil and gas exploration and production industry, particularly in the Irish Sea. It is a regional base for the larger international PSN company, which has its headquarters in Aberdeen and employs 7,500 staff worldwide, operating in more than 20 countries.

PSN, which carried out a management buyout from its American parent company, KBR Halliburton six months ago, is currently recruiting for more qualified engineers and project support staff. The new positions will support a project at BP's Dimlington gas terminal, near Hull. This project is an extension to the existing BP engineering modifications and maintenance contract awarded to PSN in 2004. PSN currently supports oil and gas platforms in the North Sea and off the west coast of the Shetland Isles.

The Runcorn office opened three years ago.

Peter Brown, operations director for PSN UK, said: "Having established relationships and won contracts with a number of offshore oil and gas and onshore petrochemical customers in the Runcorn area, it was a natural development to open the PSN Runcorn office in 2003.

"It has created jobs in the North West at a time when skilled professional and technical staff in North East Scotland are scarce - undoubtedly a win for both areas.

"The office is ideally situated close to the motorway network, airports and a wide variety of petrochemical industries, presenting us with major growth oppor tunities.

"Under the leadership of the Runcorn general manager, Graham Jackson, we have grown from 20 people to over 100 in just three years and we look forward to further growth in the future.

The Heath, which was established as a business park in 2000, has attracted more than 170 British and international companies, ranging from bioscience firms and IT specialists to food industry consultants and government agencies.

sophiefreeman@dailypost.co.uk

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