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GE Opens New Saudi Arabia-Based Technology Center

Posted on June 1, 2011

GE has opened its GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The energy technology center will provide GE Energy customers in Saudi Arabia, the wider Middle East region, Europe and Africa with energy technology services and manufacturing, GE said.

The energy technology center consists of three main components: a manufacturing facility of high technology equipment for the power, water and oil and gas industries; a service and repair center for advanced turbine equipment; and a training center that will offer technology and managerial courses for college students, field engineers and other power industry professionals throughout the region.

GE training efforts include co-op programs with Saudi universities, including King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd University, as well technical colleges under the Technical and Vocation Training Corporation (TVTC), such as al Hasa, al Ahssa and Dammam College of Technology. More than 100 Saudi students have already participated in the GE Co-operative programs.

GE has also made an additional investment of US$150 million (€104.6 million) for a Saudi manufacturing hub of equipment for the energy industry, making the total investment in the GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center at US$250 million (€174.4 million). The hub will support more than 2000 jobs, the company said.

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