Texan oil giant Cameron secures Pride Park office deal for centre of excellence
A TEXAN oil and gas company, which is creating dozens of hi-tech jobs in Derby, has agreed a deal for offices on Pride Park.
Cameron, one of the world's largest producers of equipment for the offshore oil and gas industry, has exchanged contracts to take the whole of the second floor of Capital House.
Cameron hopes to receive the keys to the property later this month, after which it will begin fitting out the 4,500sq ft premises. It is hoped the offices will be fully operational by the end of next month.
The Derby Telegraph first revealed Cameron was coming to Derby in October. The firm chose the city after a year-long nationwide search to find a location to create a new UK "centre of engineering excellence".
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But, at the time, Cameron had not chosen a site for its new office. Since then, it has been working closely with its appointed commercial agent, Birmingham-based Knight Frank, to find suitable premises.
Engineering manager Terence Scrutton, who is heading up the Derby office, said: "We are delighted to have secured these offices on a thriving and vibrant business park.
"Pride Park has easy access and the property we have secured is in a prominent position, with plenty of parking."
Cameron's offices could eventually be home to up to 40 highly-skilled engineers.
Staff are being taken on in phases, with an initial 20 engineers being taken on and a further 20 once the office is established.
"The new recruits will be focusing on sub-sea technology – upgrading and repairing equipment that operates on the seabed and below to control the flow of oil and gas safely to the surface.
Mr Scrutton said: "The calibre of people who have come forward has been fantastic. We held around 30 interviews and, from that, we have made offers to nine people. We intend to continue recruiting throughout this year as the Derby office continues to establish itself.
"We feel that the quality of people who came forward has vindicated our decision to choose Derby."
Cameron, which employs 22,500 people in 50 countries, is considered to be a major global player in the oil and gas sector.
The Houston firm, which was founded in 1833, designs and manufactures technology that can control the flow of oil and gas drawn from reservoirs deep underground.
It provides its technology to oil and gas companies, drilling contractors and independent producers across the world.
The company said it was originally drawn to Derby because of its rich pool of engineering talent and its transport links.
It said it was also impressed by the city's reputation for engineering and the regeneration work that had taken place in the city centre in recent years.