Siemens breaks ground on Saudi manufacturing plant

siemens-work-CeremonySiemens' KSA groundbreaking ceremony. (Image source: Siemens AG)Building work has begun on Siemens' first gas turbine manufacturing facility in the Middle East

The plant will be based in the Saudi Arabian city of Damman and has been scheduled to be completed in late 2013.

Siemens CEO of the energy sector Michael Suess said, "With this new facility, Siemens is clearly strengthening its long-term commitment to Saudi Arabia.”

The facility will be constructed on a 220,000 sqm site in Dammam in the Kingdom's eastern region.

The power equipment manufactured at the plant will be supplied to the local Saudi market, which will help meet growing local demand for energy.

Siemens and its local partner EA Juffali and Brothers will invest US$160 million in building the facility.

The building is set to be energy efficient and will be built with the aid of water-saving fittings, Siemens claimed in a statement.

The centre will also create job opportunities for young Saudis and serve as a knowledge transfer hub for Siemens technology.

Siemens Saudi Arabia CEO Arja Talakar said, "With the creation of this new hub, we will further contribute to the rapid development of the Kingdom and to the realisation of its ambitious industrialisation plans."

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