4.85m Algerian Dinars Awarded to Six Phase 1 Winners in the GE-Sonelgaz Innovation Competition
Adel Boudagh of ENII is an engineer who is “full of ideas and passionate about manufacturing,” and he is one step closer to potentially realizing his goal of becoming a GE supplier. So is Kafi Farouk of IPC Industrial Plants Consultants, who says GE is helping young Algerians “innovate by using the latest manufacturing technologies.”
Adel and Kafi are two of six Algerians from a range of backgrounds, including university students, engineers, SME owners, and company managers, to be selected as Phase 1 winners in the I.D.E.A. (Industry and Entrepreneurship Development in Algeria) initiative. The other winners are Adel Bensaci, Mohamed Hamek, Amine Mezghani, and Dabouz Rafik.
GE launched the initiative with Sonelgaz, Algeria’s National Electricity and Gas Company, to nurture local Algerian innovation in the energy-sector supply chain and foster Algerian talent for industrial jobs. I.D.E.A.’s first initiative is a competition designed to identify Algerian-based suppliers, start-ups and entrepreneurs capable of manufacturing stainless steel parts used in gas turbine combustion systems.
The six winners will split 4,850,400 Algerian Dinars (approximately US$ 50,000) in prize money as they move on to the second phase of the competition — where they will produce the metal part that they described in their proposals.
A ceremony announcing the winners was held at the Sonelgaz headquarters in the presence of Steve Bolze, CEO of GE Power and Water, and Nourredine Boutarfa, CEO of Sonelgaz. Phase 1 was awarded based on the winners’ manufacturing process; tooling, fixturing and equipment list; quality assurance plan and numerical control program.
In Phase 2, the manufactured stainless steel part will be evaluated by a GE committee that includes engineers and technical experts. Winners of Phase 2 will each be awarded 2.02m Algerian Dinars (approximately US$ 25,000), and will have the opportunity to partner with GE to grow Algeria’s manufacturing sector.
The bigger goal of I.D.E.A. is to build a robust supply chain for one of the country’s most significant manufacturing and industrial initiatives — the Sonelgaz-GE joint venture production facility, General Electric Algeria Turbines (GEAT). Expected to be operational by 2017, the facility will assemble GE’s 9FA gas turbines, steam turbines, generators and control systems, delivering about 2 gigawatts (GW) of power generation equipment every year.
It is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs: 400 skilled jobs in the plant, and more than 600 indirect jobs within the local supply chain.