Seadrill to create 90 jobs in centre move to Liverpool

seadrill ship Image copyright Seadrill
Image caption Seadrill operates 69 rigs providing oil and gas worldwide

About 90 jobs will be created in Liverpool after an offshore drilling firm announced plans to relocate its global service centre from Dubai.

Seadrill, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, operates 69 rigs worldwide and employs 10,000 workers.

Subject to approval, the firm will move IT, finance and human resources posts to the No 1 Mann Island building at the city's Pier Head next year.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said Seadrill's move was a "major coup".

"It is exactly this type of inward investment and such high value employment opportunities which we are working very hard to bring to the city," he added.

GMT time zone

Seadrill president Per Wullf said the city's transport links, talent pool and maritime heritage were among the reasons why Liverpool was chosen for its base.

He also said the company wanted to move the centre to a location within the GMT time zone.

"This allows us to work in Asia with the morning; Africa, the Middle East and Europe at lunch time; and the Americas in the afternoon," he added.

Robert Hough, chair of the local enterprise partnership for Liverpool City Region, said he hoped the city would "forge a long and successful partnership with [Seadrill] as they continue their global growth".

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