GE Oil & Gas breaks ground on Dammam facility
Unit will serve as a manufacturing, assembly, repair, services and training facility for advanced gas turbines and mechanical drives
GE Oil & Gas on Tuesday marked the groundbreaking of its multi-modal manufacturing and service facility at the company’s MODON (Saudi Industrial Property Authority) site in 2nd Industrial City, Dammam.
This new phase of work will build upon the recent expansion of the GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control manufacturing facility that was inaugurated in late 2015 with additional capabilities to manufacture and service the entire range of the company’s oil and gas portfolio.
With the new facility, GE Oil & Gas is bringing added ‘Made in Saudi’ products. It will serve as a manufacturing, assembly, repair, services and training facility for advanced gas turbines and mechanical drives.
The addition of 18,000 square meters of facilities at the MODON site will create over 100 new jobs in the start-up phase with 80% ‘Saudisation’, underlining GE’s commitment to the In Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) initiative of Saudi Aramco that promotes localisation.
Additionally, the new facility will also deliver the services of GE’s recently acquired Alstom Grid business.
GE Oil & Gas president & CEO Lorenzo Simonelli marked the groundbreaking of the expansion in the presence of Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim, vice president of Procurement & Supply Chain Management Saudi Aramco; Rami Qasem, president & CEO, GE Oil & Gas – MENAT; and other senior dignitaries and officials.
“The work we are starting now at our MODON site marks another important milestone for GE Oil & Gas’ partnership in the Kingdom,” Qasem said. “It underlines our commitment to the In Kingdom Total Added Value initiative. We’re extremely proud of our Saudi team and thank our partners for their continued strong support.”
GE Oil & Gas recently completed the first six high-efficiency gas compression trains manufactured in Saudi Arabia that are being provided for Phase I of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System expansion project in the Kingdom.
These trains were fully manufactured locally at the GE Manufacturing & Technology Center (GEMTEC) in Dammam.
With three offices and seven facilities, Saudi Arabia accounts for the largest GE workforce in the Middle East with over 2,000 employees driving the Aviation, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Power & Water and Transportation businesses.