Amidst Mountains: High-Skill Jobs and A Strong Supply Chain
In this picturesque region on a plateau between cedar-forested mountains, GE and Sonelgaz today broke ground on the General Electric Algeria Turbines (GEAT) facility, located on a 20-hectare site about 350km southeast of Algiers. The plant will manufacture 2,000 megawatts (MW) worth of power generation equipment annually, including gas and steam turbines, generators and control equipment.
But for Batna, Algeria’s fourth largest city, GEAT’s more immediate impact will be to create jobs. First, for the hundreds of workers constructing the plant between today and its opening in 2017, and then for 400 high-skill Algerian technicians at the plant. GE will help employees augment their skills with a wide number of training courses. These training courses will prepare employees to operate the sophisticated production lines.
GE and Sonelgaz estimate the facility will create an additional 600 jobs in Batna and across Algeria through the companies contributing to the plant’s supply chain. This means supplying components such as controls, water wash skids, transformers, air processing units and gas control valves.
To foster excellence in the production of these components, GE will offer an advanced training program for potential suppliers, thereby boosting the world-class caliber of the local Algerian supply chain. This in turn will enhance the competitiveness of the country’s manufactured exports and drive broader economic development and diversification.
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.
For half a century, GE has been a partner to Algeria’s economic development and growth. For more on GEAT and GE’s many other local partnerships, click here.