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The quality of the Scottish workforce has helped GE Oil & Gas build its North Sea operations since first investing in Scotland 2007.

GE Oil & Gas, part of a global business that can trace its roots back to Thomas Edison in the 19th century, has made Scotland a key part of its subsea oil and gas business.

Scotland's people

You can tell the talent that exists in Scotland by how widely these skills are exported. Wherever you are in the world that has any form of oil and gas industry and whether that's Russia or South America you'll find Scots there.

Rod Christie, GE Oil & Gas

The company first invested in Scotland in 2007 when it bought Vetco Gray which operated from Aberdeen and Montrose.

The Vetco Gray purchase led to the creation of Subsea Systems at GE Oil & Gas and the company now employs over 1000 people in Aberdeen, Montrose and Bridge of Don. 

A tradition of excellence - a bright future 

With demand for its subsea products and services continuing to grow, GE Oil & Gas remains committed to its investment in Scotland. 

Rod Christie, CEO of Subsea Systems at GE Oil & Gas, says: 

"The North Sea remains an important market for us and the tax incentives for exploration from Government have given us increased traction there. 

"Scotland has a strong tradition of excellence in engineering and oil and gas is now an established, mature industry, particularly around Aberdeen and Montrose. 

"In 2013, we exported 20 subsea trees from Scotland to Perth in Australia. This is about as far away on the planet as you can actually be, but we shipped them from Scotland to Australia because they literally could not be made anywhere else in the world. 

"Access to talent like we have here is what makes Scotland so important to us." 

As recovery of oil & gas reserves becomes increasingly complex, demand for the company's innovative technologies is likely to grow. 

To ensure their Scottish operations remains world-leading, GE Oil & Gas recently invested of £10.4 million and created 50 new jobs in Montrose with 20 new jobs and a £4 million investment planned for Aberdeen. 

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