New GE plant in Saudi Arabia

As part of their $1Bn investment commitment to local manufacturing in Saudi Arabia, GE has started construction of a 9500sq.m building in the Second Industrial City in Dammam. This will enable the expansion of the manufacturing capability and operations of the nearby existing Pressure Control facility, which is certified to the API and ISO quality management systems. This expansion will create over 100 new career opportunities for skilled Saudi engineers and accelerate customer deliveries on key equipment such as wellheads and valves for the upstream oil and gas sector, more than doubling the existing workforce.

Rami Qasem, president and ceo of GE Oil & Gas, (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey) said: “The current expansion will enhance the in-house repair facilities and add more capacity to our manufacturing unit. It will contribute to promoting the operational efficiency of our customers in addition to creating new jobs for Saudi professionals and developing local suppliers in the SME sector.”

This ground-breaking follows the recently announced GE plans to expand the manufacturing capabilities of the GE Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam, which will now manufacture the most advanced, high efficiency GE gas turbines, creating new engineering jobs and more opportunities for local suppliers. Over 500 GE turbines currently generate over 50% of Saudi electricity.

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