Dominion Technology Gases has launched a four million pound expansion project.

The project includes a three million pound production plant in Norway and one million pound investment in promoting and upgrading facilities in the Singapore firm.

The Norwegian plant will replicate Dominion's Aberdeen (Scotland) production facilities, while maintaining Internet-based administration and quality control systems in Scotland.

Paul McAlister, general manager of Dominion, said: 'The expansion will result in at least 20 new jobs in Aberdeen, Bergen and Stavanger.'

John Macdonald, a company spokesman, added: 'Initially 12 jobs will be created in Norway and eight in Aberdeen. Further jobs depend on the company's growth and performance.

The Norwegian plant staff and management will be recruited locally with personnel support from Aberdeen for the first few months.

McAlister, continued: 'The move will help meet the growing demand for Dominion's products and services in the North Sea offshore oil and gas industry.

As the only Scotland-based producer and supplier of the full range of industrial cylinder gases, Dominion is proud to be raising the standard abroad.

This new plant will enable Dominion to provide quality products - tested to the highest standard set by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service - to all sectors of the North Sea.

Our web-based technology, including our Cylinder Asset Tracking System (CATS), will be able to monitor equipment movements and quality control around the clock in Aberdeen.

We have a very experienced and highly qualified team in Aberdeen and we want to build on their technological expertise.

Dominion expects to see a 50 percent growth in its North Sea markets in the next two years.

The company already operates a joint venture industrial cylinder gas company in Singapore, but the Norwegian facility will be wholly owned.

Dominion was established in Aberdeen 18 years ago and currently employs 30 staff at its headquarters in Dyce, Aberdeen.