BUILDING on its commitment to promote localised manufacturing and talent, GE Oil & Gas marked the ground-breaking of its multi-modal manufacturing and service facility at its MODON (Saudi Industrial Property Authority) site in 2nd Industrial City, Dammam in late March.

This 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 the new multi-modal manufacturing centre, GE will serve as a manufacturing, assembly, repair, services and training facility for advanced gas turbines and mechanical drives.

The addition of 18,000 square metres of facilities at the MODON site will create over 100 new jobs in the start-up phase with 80 per cent Saudisation, underlining GE’s commitment to the In Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) initiative of Saudi Aramco that promotes localisation.

In addition the facility will deliver the services of the recently acquired Alstom Grid business, thus offering a full portfolio for customers in the Kingdom, the company said.

GE Oil & Gas president and chief executive Lorenzo Simonelli marked the ground-breaking of the expansion in the presence of Abdulaziz Abdulkarim, Saudi Aramco vice president of procurement and supply chain management, Rami Qasem chief executive of GE Oil & Gas Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, along with other senior dignitaries and officials.

“The new center brings cross-functional synergies to our operations in the Kingdom and will serve as a one-stop centre for our customers in Saudi and the region,” Mr Simonelli said.

“The work we are starting now at our MODON site marks another important milestone for GE Oil & Gas’ partnership in the kingdom. It underlines our commitment to the In Kingdom Total Added Value initiative,” Mr Qasem said.

Mr Al-Abdulkarim said IKTVA is a win-win proposition for companies able to build a deep and lasting relationship with the Kingdom by setting-up shop there in order localise materials and services’ procurements needs, while supporting economic growth, job creation and skills development.

The GE Oil & Gas pressure control manufacturing facility, which opened in November 2015, increased output capacity by roughly three times the level acheived when the facility was originally built.

GE said the manufacturing centre expansion will further build the portfolio of solutions it offers,  establishing MODON as a hub for GE to serve the region with greater efficiency.

GE 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.

These trains were fully manufactured locally at the GE Manufacturing and Technology Centre (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.