Petroplan Opens Regional Hub in South Africa

  Petroplan Opens Regional Hub in South Africa

Business Wire

LONDON -- November 20, 2013

Petroplan, the global recruiter for the oil and gas industry, is opening a new
South African office. The office – Petroplan’s first in Africa – is located in
Century City, a business development within the suburbs of Cape Town. It will
act as a regional hub for Petroplan’s activities in Sub-Saharan Africa,
covering various territories including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa,
Namibia, Angola, Cameroon, and Tanzania. This move will enable Petroplan to
further expand its operations and better service clients across an important
growth region for the oil and gas sector.

The opening comes just in time for the 20thAfrica Oil Week, which, starting on
the 25thNovember, will see the industry descend on Cape Town to discuss the
continent’s prospects and challenges at a key point in its development.
African proven onshore oil reserves stand at around 124bn barrels, with
another 100bn estimated offshore, while its proven reserves of natural gas
amounts to around 509tn cubic feet. Recent discoveries highlight the
significant upwards potential of these figures; South Africa alone is home to
the 8thlargest technically recoverable shale gas resources in the world.

The new office will benefit from excellent data infrastructure, and good
transport links with both Cape Town and the rest of the country. Jacques
Rautenbach has been brought in to head the new hub as Regional Director for
Sub-Saharan Africa. Having joined Petroplan in September 2012, Jacques brings
14 years of oil and gas sector experience to the role, having worked in a HR
and Business Development capacity for drilling and resources companies such as
Transocean, Ensco, Total, Shell, and Sasol across a variety of locations in
America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Primarily responsible for business
development, Jacques will oversee the overall office with a team that will
initially include four recruiters, with this number expected to rise to ten –
including two recruiters for permanent positions – by the second quarter of

Jacques Rautenbach, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at Petroplan,
comments: “Establishing a permanent presence in South Africa is a very natural
step for Petroplan, given the number of clients and relationships we have in
the Sub-Saharan region, and considering the region’s promising future in terms
of drilling and exploration. There is no doubt that Africa will play a central
role in the industry’s future growth. The location couldn’t be a better fit;
South Africa remains the continent’s strongest economy, and Century City is
fast emerging as an energy hub. For example, Chevron recently moved its
headquarters here, and Tullow Oil is headquartered just down the road in Cape
Town – the new office puts us closer to our clients, and will enable us to
deliver a truly African service in terms of business culture.”

About Petroplan

Petroplan is a global organisation which delivers tailored recruitment,
contractor management and support services throughout the energy, oil and gas

Petroplan has regional offices and a global in-house team located across
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Asia Pacific and Australasia.
Petroplan’s aim is to deliver value across our global personnel and client
network via tailored services which are delivered locally. Our service
delivery is determined by a set of values – optimal health and safety, global
consistency, specialist expertise, integrity, sustainability and corporate
social responsibility, quality services, and a positive team spirit. The
testimonials Petroplan receives illustrate how these values impact its
day-to-day operations. Petroplan’s sole focus is serving the oil, gas and
energy industry.

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Media contact:
Kate Garratt
Aspectus PR
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