An international energy employment firm is opening a Denver office to help the booming oil-and-gas sector find enough qualified workers.
Air Energi Group’s Denver location will link prospective employees with employers struggling to maintain adequate staffing amid record production of oil in Colorado.
The office is the seventh North
American location for Air Energi, based in Manchester, England.
Doug Thorner, an energy recruiter in Denver for the past 15 years, will lead the office, which will operate as Air Resources Americas LLC.
While natural-gas production has waned from earlier record levels, oil in the Niobrara shale formation along Colorado’s Front Range is fueling a drilling boom.
Major energy companies last year spent nearly $4 billion in development of new Colorado wells. Spending is expected to exceed $5 billion this year.
“Obviously companies need a lot of people to run all of these rigs and spend all of that money,” said Peter Dea, chief executive and president of Denver-based Cirque Resources L.P. “It’s putting some pressure on the employment situation.”