• 21 Oct 2008
  • North America

TAQA named one of Alberta’s top 40 employers

ALBERTA, CANADA, TAQA NORTH, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, has been selected as one of Alberta’s Top 40 Employers.The annual competition, now in its fourth year, recognizes the best performing companies in the region based on eight criteria, including training skills development, employee communications and work atmosphere.The Edmonton Journal and The Calgary Herald announced the results on 18 October, 2008, as a prelude to Canada’s Top 100 Employers list to be announced later this year.TAQA NORTH Managing Director Frederic Lesage said the company’s inclusion in the Top 40 list recognized TAQA’s ongoing commitment to its employees.“This is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the entire company’s commitment to creating a best in class workplace, which we can all be proud of,“ Mr Lesage said. “TAQA is delighted to be included amongst such a prestigious list of highly respected companies.”The Alberta Top 40 Employers competition is backed by the two largest newspapers in Alberta: the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.Employers were evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the national competition: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere Social; (3) Health, Financial Family Benefits; (4) Vacation Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement.This latest recognition comes only a month after TAQA North was awarded a Work Safe Alberta 2007 Best Safety Performer Award.TAQA NORTH, which has its corporate offices in Calgary and field operations located in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and Ontario, is part of the TAQA family of companies. With interests in power generation, water production and oil and gas exploration and production, TAQA employs 2,800 people across Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.The company is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and has a AA- credit rating from SP and an Aa2 credit rating from Moody’s.- ENDS -Contact Information for Media:Allan Virtanen
TAQA Media Relations, Abu DhabiTel +971 2 691 4894; Mob +971 56 685 2717
Allan.Virtanen@taqa.comAbout TAQAEstablished in 2005, TAQA is a diversified international energy group headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: TAQA).TAQA’s business is made up of three operating divisions spread across the entire energy value chain: power generation & water desalination; oil and gas exploration & production; and emerging & alternative energy technologies.Power & Water: TAQA is one the largest independent power producers in the world and the majority owner of the facilities that provide 98% of the water and electricity requirements in Abu Dhabi. TAQA’s power plants are located in the UAE, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, India, and USA.Oil & Gas: with operations in Canada, UK, the Netherlands, USA and Iraq, TAQA’s oil and gas business includes exploration and production, underground gas storage and pipeline transportation.Emerging & alternative energy technologies: TAQA Energy Solutions is dedicated to alternative and technology-driven energy initiatives for long-term efficient energy production and generation. TAQA’s vision is to deliver ‘Energy for Growth’: growth within the business; social and economic progress in the communities where TAQA operates; and increased value for our shareholders.Over the past 40 years the UAE and Abu Dhabi have pursued a vision embodied by progressive development, investment and the highest global standards. TAQA is proud to align its strategy both domestically and globally to Abu Dhabi’s economic vision 2030, working towards sustainable economic development. For more information about TAQA visit: www.taqa.com or Twitter: @TAQAGLOBAL

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