EXPANSIONS to GE’s Batam Island subsea manufacturing facility will help the company meet greater demand in the Asia Pacific region, the company’s Indonesian chief executive has said.

GE Oil & Gas has invested more than US$15 million in Batam since 2011 for plant expansion, technology upgrades and the new high bay workshop. This latest expansion is GE’s largest investment to date at the Batam manufacturing site.

Opened on 12 November, the high bay workshop will enable GE to begin manufacturing its first vertical subsea production trees in the Asia-Pacific region, with the company aiming to eventually produce both vertical and horizontal subsea production trees at the complex.

The expansion has created nearly 30 new jobs at the facility and is expected to add another 50 to 70 new jobs over the next three years, GE said, with those workers trained in Singapore and Aberdeen.

GE Indonesia chief executive Handry Satriago said the expansion of the facility had underscored the company’s commitment to localising more of its business capabilities in Southeast Asia.

“We expanded our Batam subsea manufacturing facility to meet the growing demand for subsea production equipment as our customers look to develop new oil and gas reserves in more challenging locations in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

Indonesia Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Susilo Siswoutomo officiated the grand opening of the facility, saying it would be a significant contribution to the expansion of the nation’s manufacturing base.

“Increasing our country’s oil and gas production and transportation infrastructure is a top priority for supporting Indonesia’s economic growth,” he said.

GE has 800 employees in its 10 facilities and project locations in Indonesia in addition to its country head office in Jakarta and two factories in Batam and Yogyakarta and a service centre in Bandung.