GE breaks ground on new oil & gas facility
Expansion in Second Industrial City in Dammam part of $1bn investment
GE has further strengthened its commitment to localised manufacturing with the ground-breaking of the new GE oil & gas manufacturing facility, located in Second Industrial City in Dammam.
The expansion is part of the $1bn investment commitment announced by GE in the Kingdom, and follows the signing of an agreement with the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON ) last year.
The first phase of the new facility will be the construction of a 9,500m2 building, scheduled for completion by December this year.
The focus will be on expanding the manufacturing capability and operations of the nearby existing pressure control facility which is certified to API and ISO quality management system.
The expansion is intended to create over 100 new career opportunities for skilled Saudi engineers and accelerate customer deliveries on key equipment such as wellheads and valves for the upstream oil and gas sector.
Currently, the pressure control facility employs over 85 people, more than one-third of them Saudi nationals.
As part of GE's commitment to nurture local talent, it works with Saudi technical institutes to offer training programs for young nationals to further build their technical skills. The facility has nine CNC machines and three cladding rigs, and currently offers wellhead manufacturing and pressure control equipment and technologies for various clients including Saudi Aramco.
Rami Qasem, president and CEO, GE Oil & Gas, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said: "In the past two years, GE has made significant investments to build a culture of localised manufacturing. We listen to our customers, understand their needs and tailor solutions that meet their requirements.
"Our advanced GE Oil & Gas Manufacturing Facility, which includes the expanded pressure control unit, is a direct response to the demand from customers. It will further scale up our capabilities to support them, particularly Saudi Aramco, by offering advanced technologies and service support swiftly and with greater efficiency.
“The current expansion will enhance the in-house repair facilities and add more capacity to our manufacturing unit. It will contribute to promoting the operational efficiency of our customers in addition to creating new jobs for Saudi professionals and developing local suppliers in the SME sector."
The groundbreaking follows GE's recently announced plans to expand the manufacturing capabilities of the GE Manufacturing Technology Centre in Dammam. The Centre will now feature the manufacturing of GE's most advanced, largest, high efficiency gas turbines, bringing with it new engineering jobs and more opportunities for local suppliers.
With three offices and seven facilities, Saudi Arabia accounts for the largest GE workforce in the Middle East with over 1,000 employees driving the healthcare, transportation, power, oil and gas, water, and aviation businesses.
More than 500 GE turbines currently generate over 50% of Saudi's electricity, and the company's advanced technology supports the production of 150mn litres clean water daily, delivered to the country's remotest corners.