GE Oil & Gas Multi Modal Plant to Create Saudi Jobs and Boost Local Manufacturing
GE’s contribution to Saudi Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) program is about to get a boost of 18,000 sqm and 100 new high-skill manufacturing jobs. They are heralded by the groundbreaking yesterday of the GE Oil & Gas Multi-Modal Manufacturing Center, a manufacturing, assembly, repair, services, and training facility in Dammam.
Held at GE’s site in MODON (the Saudi Industrial Property Authority) in the 2nd Industrial City in Dammam, the groundbreaking follows the inauguration in late 2015 of the expanded GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control manufacturing facility also at the MODON site. The Pressure Control facility tripled capacity at the site to manufacture wellheads, valves and other equipment for the oil and gas sector in Saudi Arabia, as well as for export.
Once fully developed, the MODON complex will be GE Oil & Gas’ most advanced manufacturing facility in the region. It will serve as a hub for its full portfolio of businesses, including Digital Solutions, Downstream Technology Solutions, Turbomachinery Solutions, Subsea and Surface, as well as all services of the recently acquired Alstom Grid business.
“The integration of all our businesses at MODON and our continued investments in the Kingdom are aimed at supporting the economic goals of the government to promote growth and diversification based on job creation for Saudi nationals and localized manufacturing that enhances Saudi Arabia’s international competitiveness,” said GE Oil & Gas President & CEO Lorenzo Simonelli.
The 100 new jobs – 80% of which will be held by Saudis – represent the number of jobs created just during the start-up phase of the Multi-Modal Manufacturing Center. Ultimately, the center will employ many more people, most of whom will be Saudis.
Abdulaziz Al-Abdulkarim, Vice President of Procurement & Supply Chain Management for Saudi Aramco, said, “As partners such as GE Oil & Gas are demonstrating, IKTVA is a ‘win-win’ proposition for companies able to build a deep and lasting relationship with the Kingdom by setting-up shop here in order to localize our materials and services’ procurements needs, while supporting economic growth, job creation and skills development in Saudi Arabia.”
Also demonstrating commitment to localization, GE Oil & Gas recently completed and delivered the first six high-efficiency gas compression trains manufactured in Saudi Arabia. They are being provided for Phase I of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System expansion project in the Kingdom. The six compression trains were fully manufactured locally at the GE Manufacturing & Technology Center (GEMTEC) in Dammam.
With three offices and seven facilities, GE has more than 2,000 employees in Saudi Arabia – its largest workforce in the Middle East – supporting customers in Aviation, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Power & Water and Transportation businesses. GE is focused on taking its work into the next industrial era with technological solutions that create economic and social value to the country and its people.