GE Facility Brings Efficiencies, Training, New Jobs to Southern Iraq
The Rumaila oilfield is Iraq’s most important natural resource and one of the world’s so-called super-giant oilfields — with an estimated 17 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the field. GE has just expanded its a Technical Services Facility to support operations in this crucial oilfield, located in southern Iraq
Not only does the new facility represent continued GE investment in the country and support for this critical Iraqi fossil fuel resource, but it also is creating jobs for skilled Iraqis, driving local industry and helping develop the skills of Iraqi workers
The facility, located in North Rumaila, will offer testing, repair and refurbishment services for its customers in the country. It also will undertake fabrication and assembly of key products, establishing GE as a complete technical solutions provider. Additionally, the facility will host a Field Service Engineer / Technician Academy and offer technical training classes.
As the Rumaila Operating Organization continues to focus on best-in-class operations, efficiency and performance, the new GE Technical Services Facility will help GE’s partner in Iraq optimize their operations, reduce overheads from machinery downtime, and bring down costs associated with repair and maintenance.
The facility builds on GE’s agreement with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil to provide cutting-edge technology, upgrades and maintenance support to strengthen the operational efficiency and productivity of the Ministry’s oil and gas assets.
“An example of our in-country investment that enhances our local footprint, our goal with the North Rumaila facility is to create a local innovation-driven, technical services ecosystem,” said Rami Qasem, President & CEO of GE Oil & Gas for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. “We will train Iraqi professionals in different fields, including fabrication and assembly of critical equipment.”
GE’s investments in Iraq are highlighted by the company’s commitment to localization and to Iraqi talent management and development. With three offices in Iraq – in Baghdad, Erbil and the southern oil and gas hub of Basra – GE continues to deliver its latest technologies and expertise to local customers. The company has more than 250 employees currently, nearly 95% of them Iraqi professionals.