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Saudi Arabia: GE Oil & Gas Breaks New Ground in Old Territory

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More oil and gas is snaking its way through Dammam, Saudi Arabia as GE starts work on a new manufacturing site that’s slated to excite the growing economy.A report by Offshore Oil Magazine, “A new 9,500-sq m (102,257-sq ft) building is expected to be completed by December. The aim is to expand the manufacturing capability and operations of the nearby existing Pressure Control facility, which is certified to API and ISO quality.”

The expansion is good news for over 100 Saudi engineers who could receive positions at the new facility. The proposed plant will help speed up deliveries of wellheads and valves, creating an economic boom for oil and gas in the region.

It’s a vision that aligns with GE’s plans for manufacturing in Saudi Arabia. The company always had a presence in the Middle East, but this recent development only further reinforces its stronghold.

In a statement on GE’s website regarding Saudi Arabia, the company noted, “From appliances in people’s homes to helping lead the oil discovery expedition in Saudi Arabia with the first refinery, GE has been a major player here since 1942. Our operations have since grown into the largest GE workforce in the Middle East – 670 employees striving in healthcare, transportation, energy, oil & gas, water and aviation.”

True to its promise, GE is also working together with Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center to get other local companies involved in providing parts for future wellhead manufacturing.

According to the same report by Offshore Oil Magazine, “Recently the company announced plans to expand the capabilities of its Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam to manufacture the company’s largest gas turbines.”

The emphasis on technology echoes a recent survey that shows similar sentiment among other manufacturers who may also wish to expand their Middle Eastern operations.

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