ABERDEEN-based oil services firm PD&MS has said it expects to create around 100 jobs in its North Sea operation next year after winning contracts worth £300 million in the area in recent months.

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Private equity-backed PD&MS noted it had won extensions to a number of contracts that it was awarded during the downturn triggered by the crude price plunge from 2014.

These include one covering work for Apache on the Beryl and Forties fields.

Chief executive Simon Rio said: “We started working with Apache in 2015 and the new award will see us working together for approximately 25 years.”

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The firm employs around 450 people in its North Sea operations, up 40% on this time last year.

It also has operations in the Caspian region.