Energizing Saudi Arabia with More Than Just Power Plants
In Saudi Arabia, GE Power and Water is helping to boost the Kingdom’s manufacturing base and empower high-value job creation by doing more than just helping utilities generate additional electricity.
GE is also developing a local Saudi supply chain; expanding the GE Manufacturing Technology Center (GEMTEC), a manufacturing and repair center in Dammam; and contributing to a strong Saudi workforce. Already, GEMTEC has achieved a 70% Saudi workforce and has more new jobs for Saudis in the pipeline. Furthermore, the facility exports 80% of all parts currently assembled at the center to external markets, including Europe and the United States. Since opening in 2011, GEMTEC has purchased $50 million worth of Saudi-sourced parts and materials. Looking to 2016, the GEMTEC assembly line will begin producing the first-ever Saudi-manufactured heavy duty gas turbines.
On its pavilion at the three-day Saudi Water & Power Forum 2015, which begins today, GE Power and Water will be sharing these accomplishments in localized innovation and development of Saudi talent, alongside several of its most successful power generation and water-reuse technologies.
GE is the Gold Sponsor of the forum and will endorse a special presentation by winners of the Saudi Aramco/ GE Innovation Challenge Award. This open innovation challenge invited global inventors to propose novel solutions that would increase the energy efficiency of seawater desalination. The goal of the challenge was to identify ways to lower desalination’s energy and other resource costs, either through technology advances, process improvements, or both. The winners will see their technologies used in commercial operation in the Kingdom.
GE is co-hosting with Aramco a “Global Innovators & Local Entrepreneurs Refreshments & Networking” event after the presentations.
Separately, Mohammed Mohaisen, CEO of GE Power Generation Products & Services Sales for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), will take part in a panel discussion, “10 Year Anniversary: Successes, Priorities and 10-year Strategies for the Water & Power Sectors in the KSA,” to be held on January 13.