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Irkutsk Region ombudsperson: Irkutsk Polymer Plant means new jobs opportunities in Ust-Kut

May 26, 2022

Irkutsk Region ombudsperson Svetlana Semyonova had a working trip to Ust-Kut town on May 23-24. Having visited LLC Irkutsk Polymer Plant (a project implemented by Irkutsk Oil Company), the ombudsperson noted a special importance of the project to the local community and attracting young professionals.
Омбудсмен Иркутской области: Иркутский завод полимеров – это перспектива создания новых рабочих мест в Усть-Куте

The main objectives of the working trip were discussion of issues related to vocational education, healthcare, social and economic development of the area, and investigating opportunities of collaborating with major enterprises in the municipality for employment of its residents.

The human rights commissioner noted a significant role of the construction of the polymer plant in creating new jobs for residents of Ust-Kut and development of the town in general.  

“We see one of the largest companies of the region creating a new industrial complex. Its future positive impact is new employment opportunities, of course. It means a massive influx of professionals, young people who might choose to stay here if we make this town attractive. The working and living conditions created for employees, and the company’s social focus are instrumental in this”, Svetlana Semyonova said.

The ombudsperson also paid a visit to the Ust-Kut Industrial College to discuss the need to organize training of specialists in demand with representatives of INK and the regional Ministry of Education. The college is expected to become the key training center providing workforce not only for the oil and gas sector but also for other organizations in the town and district in need of specialists.

“The company is interested in hiring local residents. We regularly meet with school students and their parents to tell about the company and career opportunities. There is a training program being implemented in cooperation with the Irkutsk National Research Technical University. Students majoring in relevant areas are trained in a joint program of INK and the university. This enables us to find potential future employees motivated to work at INK production sites”, said Olga Kharina, director for regional policy and government relations, INK.

There are currently several ways to enroll staff in Ust-Kut. One of them is cooperation with the employment center where available vacancies for positions at the production sites of Irkutsk Oil Company are presented. Another place to seek employment is “The Future Territory” information center opened in the town. In addition, head hunting is carried out through the company’s accounts in social media and the “Career” section on INK’s web-site.

Irkutsk Oil Company (INK) is one of major private producers of raw hydrocarbons in Russia. The company incorporated in 2000 engages in geological study, exploration and development of 52 subsoil blocks in the Irkutsk Region, Krasnoyarsk Region and Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). INK’s largest investment project is the gas chemistry cluster developed in Ust-Kut town. It consists of gas production, treatment, transportation and processing facilities, two helium plants, and the Irkutsk Polymer Plant. This is the first facility in the Eastern Siberia to produce polyethylene-based products using its own feedstock – ethane.  The output capacity of the plant will be 650 thousand t of marketable product per year. With the start of the facility, 1,600 new jobs will be created in the Ust-Kut district.

INK’s museum became an awardee in the countrywide contest Exhibition dedicated to oil production opened in Irkutsk with INK’s support