Petroplan, the global recruiter for the oil and gas industry, has opened an office in South African. 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 the company’s activities in sub-Saharan Africa, covering various territories including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Cameroon, and Tanzania.

African proven onshore oil reserves stand at around 124 billion barrels, with another 100 billion estimated offshore, while its proven reserves of natural gas amounts to around 509 trillion cubic feet. Recent discoveries highlight the significant upwards potential of these figures.

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 will head the new hub as regional director for sub-Saharan Africa and 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 2014.

Rautenbach says, “There is no doubt that Africa will play a central role in the industry’s future growth. 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.”