GE Kuwait Technology Center: Transforming the Future Together
In the heart of Sulaibiya in Kuwait; the newly inaugurated GE Kuwait Technology Center (GEKTC) houses an electricity generator, a steam turbine and a gas turbine – the type of assets you’d normally find in a power plant. But this facility isn’t generating electricity … it’s energizing minds and helping to build an innovation ecosystem.
At GEKTC, students and technical professionals from Kuwait and across the region will gain advanced hands-on training alongside experts who will be conducting path-breaking engineering research and development (R&D). In addition, high-value maintenance services and tools will be made available in the country for the very first time
The 6,000sqm GEKTC facility is the first of its kind outside of the US for GE and it will house three centers focused on training, tooling and engineering.
The state-of-the-art Training Center will accommodate up to 900 trainees annually who will receive both theoretical and practical training on advanced power sector technology and solutions, including the GE 7E gas turbine, the GE D11 steam turbine and the GE aeroderivative gas turbine.
The Tooling Center will provide maintenance and modification for GE and non-GE gas turbines, generators and steam turbines. This will support timely and quick service for customers – reducing tool delivery times by up to 90%.
In addition, the Tooling Center will also support Kuwaiti SMEs by working with local vendors and suppliers on tooling orders, consumables, certification and calibrations of tooling.
The Engineering Center will pursue R&D in four priority areas for regional customers: Failure Analysis and Material Life Assessment, Oil & Fuel Testing, Control Simulations, and Monitoring & Diagnostics – providing local capability to monitor GE’s connected turbine and electric generator fleet across the region.
Incorporated into the Engineering Center is the first troubleshooting and simulation laboratory in the Middle East and Africa. This will enable GE engineers to respond faster to complex control issues associated with regional plant operations or equipment upgrades.
The Engineering Center will also serve as a hub for collaboration with Kuwaiti researchers, industry and software developers on the development of digital industrial solutions for the power industry. They will develop software that runs on GE’s Predix, the world’s first and only cloud-based operating system developed for industry.
Since the early 1970s, GE has been a strong partner to Kuwait’s public and private sectors, supporting the country’s infrastructure needs across the aviation, power, water, oil and gas industries. With more than 200 employees based in country, GE is a dedicated partner, in Kuwait, for Kuwait.