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From Norwegian roots to a global presence

Our founders created an organization that understood the energy sector from the inside out. Competentia’s people can be found everywhere in the industry; from rigs to boardrooms, from the decks of FPSOs to corporate HR teams. Our people understand the industry because they live in it every day; their deep knowledge and practical understanding of the true nature of the work combine to give customers a different level of service.


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  1. Jun 1998

    Competentia is founded in Stavanger, Norway

  2. Dec 2005

    John Smith & Odd-Arne Kleveland buy Competentia

  3. Apr 2006

    First placements on BP Valhall Redev. (VRD) & BP Skarv projects

  4. Jun 2010

    London and Perth offices established

  5. Dec 2010

    Competentia wins Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  6. Feb 2012

    Oslo based investment company Reiten & Co. acquire 51% of Competentia

  7. Oct 2012

    Houston office (NSA Hub) established

  8. Jun 2014

    Competentia acquires Houston-based drilling and well consultancy Argonauta

  9. Feb 2016

    Competentia acquires Link Oil & Gas Professionals Inc., growing US footprint

  10. Apr 2016

    Dubai office (MEA Hub) established

  11. Jan 2018

    Competentia opens in Calgary, under the direction of Mike McKinnon.


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