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GE Energy opened its new manufacturing technology centre in Dammam making it one of the largest of its kind manufacturing centres for GE world-wide.
The 10,000 sqm centre serves as a high technology service, manufacture and training hub. The energy technology centre will provide GE Energy customers in Saudi Arabia, the wider Middle East region, Europe and Africa with advanced energy technology services and manufacturing.
GE also announced an additional investment of US$150mn for a Saudi manufacturing hub of equipment for the energy industry. This takes the total investment in the GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Centre to US$250mn. The hub will support more than 2,000 jobs in addition to catalysing job growth in ancillary industries that support the facility.
GE’s newest energy technology centre in Saudi Arabia consists of three key main components: a manufacturing facility of high technology equipment for the power, water and oil and gas industries; a service and repair centre for advanced turbine equipment; and a training centre that will offer the latest technology and managerial courses for college students, field engineers and other power industry professionals throughout the region. This reflects the commitment of GE to empower Saudi human resources with the required skills to respond to the region’s growing needs, especially in the energy and power sector.
Krenicki said: “As Saudi Arabia forges ahead with its ambitious development plans, the opening of the Energy Manufacturing Technology Centre underscores GE’s commitment to be closer to our customers who trust us to deliver the latest technologies and services across the full spectrum of the energy landscape. The additional investment we announced is designed to accelerate the localisation of our capabilities, boost the manufacturing and export sectors of the Kingdom and empower Saudi youth with promising career opportunities. This Centre is another step forward in our energy partnership with the region and a milestone towards its continued growth and success.”
The new technology centre is developed in association with Ali A. Tamimi Co., GE’s long-term joint venture partner.