GE has been investing in Saudi Arabia for nearly eight decades, as a key partner in helping the Kingdom meet its developmental goals. GE power generation technology is installed in nearly 40 Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) sites and more than half of the entire Kingdom’s electricity comes from over 500 GE turbines.
GE also supplies award-winning technology solutions for the Marafiq Independent Water & Power Plant, the world’s largest, in Jubail Industrial City. A partner in the ongoing milestone project, GE received the Marafiq inaugural Award for Sustainability.
Throughout history, GE has proven to be a proud long-standing partner committed to the development of the Kingdom’s Power sector.
Products and Services:
In the past, GE’s technology has been chosen for SEC’s PP9, PP10, PP11 and PP12 power plants, among many others. In 2013, GE signed a nearly $700 million contract with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to bring additional F-class combined-cycle gas turbines, and associated equipment and services, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at PP13 and PP14.
GE’s technology will support SEC’s large, combined-cycle power plants to generate more than 3.8 gigawatts (GW) of power and will provide significant fuel savings and lower emissions to meet today’s growing energy needs of the Kingdom.
Solutions and Localization:
The GE Manufacturing Technology Center (GEMTEC) in Dammam supports the power generation, oil and gas, and water needs of the Kingdom. GEMTEC serves more than 70 customers from 30 countries around the world, servicing components from more than 550 turbines. Of the 600 employees at the center, over 75 percent are Saudis.
Following the center’s third year of operations, a $1 billion expansion is set to feature the manufacturing of GE’s most sophisticated and highly efficient gas turbines. The first highly efficient gas turbine will be completed at GEMTEC in 2016; with a capacity to produce up to 10 per year, creating more than 100 new technical jobs and additional opportunities for local suppliers.
Human Capital Development:
GE and Saudi Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), with the support of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), inaugurated the GE Technical Academy in Jubail in September 2013 following a long-term partnership with TVTC to nurture Saudi talent which first initiated with the Joint Technical Program in 2011.
To further support the Kingdom’s expanding energy sector, the Program was aimed to train up to 100 Saudi professionals annually, who are then offered the opportunity to join the growing Saudi workforce at the GE Energy Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam.
The GE Technical Academy, which is considered a first of its kind initiative in the region by GE, aims to:
- Serve as a center of excellence for training in advanced industries and build local competencies in Saudi Arabia, complementing the Government’s vision to drive job creation and boost the manufacturing sector.
- Strengthen the talent pool of Saudi professionals, who will have promising career opportunities at the GE Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam, the most advanced technology center of its kind by GE
- The trainees of GE Technical Academy will be ideal assets to the workforce of large-scale energy and technology related industries
The Academy will provide training on highly skilled technologies including:
- Mechanical and electrical power turbines.
- Modern process control and measurement.
- Electronic and healthcare maintenance.
- Advanced welding operations, among others.
- Operations & supply chain management.