GE Oil & Gas to deliver first KSA-built gas compression trains

GE aramcoGE Oil & Gas has completed the manufacturing of first six high-efficiency gas compression trains in Saudi Arabia, which will be provided for Phase I of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System expansion project

The compression trains, which have been manufactured locally for the first time at the GE Manufacturing & Technology Center (GEMTEC) in Dammam, are part of a multi-million dollar contract to provide 18 high-efficiency gas compression trains, each consisting of an aeroderivative gas turbine driving a centrifugal compressor. This year, six more trains will be manufactured at GEMTEC as part of Phase II.

The aeroderivative gas turbine (PGT25) components have been designed taking into account many years of experience gained by GE in the field by heavy duty gas turbines and axial/centrifugal compression. The aerodynamic blading was planned with the main objective of obtaining very high efficiency at both design and reduced speeds.

Rami Qasem, CEO, GE Oil & Gas, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey (MENAT), said, “GE Oil & Gas places a very strong focus on localisation. Today we’re celebrating the first high-efficiency compression trains assembled locally, which represents a key milestone in our initiatives addressing Saudi Aramco’s IKTVA programme. How we are executing this project underpins our commitment to developing the Saudi economy through job creation, knowledge transfer and supporting local sourcing.”

Supporting the Kingdom’s vision to boost domestic manufacturing and exports, GE Oil & Gas is also expanding its manufacturing facility at the MODON site in Dammam 2nd Industrial City to serve as a centre for the supply of ‘Made in Saudi’ Pressure Control equipment for Saudi and regional markets. The first phase of this expansion, which increased the facility to 10,500 sq m, was inaugurated in late 2015 by GE Oil & Gas president and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli.

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