Governor Bobby Jindal and Oceaneering International announced Monday a 30,000 square foot expansion of the company's facilities in Morgan City.

The $5 million dollar project will create 200 direct jobs in addition to the 1,700 jobs already in place. Oceaneering says the new jobs will average about $60,000 a year, along with benefits. Another 407 indirect jobs are expected to be created as a result of the expansion.

Jindal said the announcement is great news for a region still trying to recover from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill of two years ago.

"Today's announcement is a sign of the progress we are are making to get our people back to work so we can fuel the nation," Jindal said.

Oceaneering will train 120 employees to produce remotely operated vehicles "that perform technical tasks and inspections at up to two miles below the surface of the sea." Another 80 employees will focus on more general functions, such as diving, rigging, inspection, inventory, and administration.

"[The expansion allows] us to improve operational efficiencies between service lines and further improve the quality of services we provide to our customers operating in the Gulf of Mexico as well as worldwide," said Pat Mannina, vice president and general manager  for Oceaneering's Americas Region.

Hiring has begun and will continue through 2012. The expansion is expected to be completed by November.