Supporting Economic Development in Algeria, 1,000 Jobs at a Time
Just weeks after celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ALGESCO turbomachinery service center in Algeria, GE has signed a joint venture agreement with Sonelgaz, a partner in ALGESCO, to establish a manufacturing company that will create more than 1,000 new jobs in the country.
The company, called GE Turbines Algeria (GEAT), will develop an industrial complex to manufacture GE’s advanced 9F gas turbines, steam turbines, generators and control systems – elements that together represent the core power generating technology at the heart of today’s advanced gas-fired power plants.
The joint venture will help create 400 skilled jobs across four plants that will comprise the complex and more than 600 indirect jobs in the local economy as part of the plant’s supply chain. The GEAT plants, which will produce approximately 2 gigawatts of power generation equipment per year to meet the growing demand for electricity in Algeria. These plants are expected to start operating by 2017.
Employees of the four plants will undergo special training to operate the sophisticated equipment. This training will potentially take place at a dedicated training center within the plant, at GE’s ALGESCO Service Center in Boufarrik in Algeria, at GE’s manufacturing and development facility in Belfort, France, and at centers elsewhere in the world.
The announcement of the joint venture follows Sonelgaz’s awarding of a $2.7 billion contract to GE last year to supply 24 gas turbines, 12 steam turbines, 36 generators and control systems that will add almost 9 gigawatts of power-generating capacity to the country’s grid. The contract stipulated that the winning bidder would partner with Sonelgaz, Algeria’s national electricity and gas company, to establish an industrial complex to manufacture gas turbines, steam turbines, generators and process control systems.