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A New Training Avenue In Australia

Posted on December 7, 2011

GE Oil & Gas today opened its US$100 million technology and learning complex in Jandakot, Western Australia, to support the development of skills for the oil and gas sector and provide its first in-country support and maintenance center for the upstream industry.

This will be the first GE facility to offer the full range of technical training required to meet both the demands of the resources boom in Australia and the need to increase productivity in the sectors facing this rising demand.

The scope of the project has grown from US$80 million to US$100 million in response to feedback and demand from the oil and gas industry in Western Australia. GE Oil & Gas expects to deliver 4000 training days in 2012 and has already begun to service its major equipment in country.

The service center will be supporting, among others, key equipment used in liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains that compress and refrigerate natural gas and transform it into liquid so that it can be transported. Every day an LNG train is out of action can cost up to US$15 million, GE said. GE’s Jandakot center will provide in-country maintenance, reduce downtime while parts are serviced overseas and create a secondary service industry in the region.

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