TechnipFMC opens new manufacturing, aftermarket and training facility in Saudi Arabia

TechnipFMC opens new manufacturing, aftermarket and training facility in Saudi Arabia
Published: 21 November 2018 - 1 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

TechnipFMC has broken ground on its new state-of-the-art manufacturing, aftermarket and training facility in Dhahran in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

The 52,500-square-meter facility greatly expands TechnipFMC’s footprint in Saudi Arabia with a major investment and 140 new jobs focusing on Saudi talents. The new facility will offer a broad range of manufacturing, aftermarket and training capabilities in-country, supporting the full TechnipFMC portfolio with its advanced technology and integrated systems in the drilling, completion, production, measurement and pressure control activities.

“First, we are making a commitment to Saudisation and localisation,” Richard Alabaster, president, TechnipFMC Surface Technologies, said at the recent ground-breaking ceremony.

“Second, we are increasing our capacity to meet the challenge of the upcoming rise in activity planned within Saudi Aramco,” Alabaster added.

“Third, we want to have the capabilities in-country to bring the full scope of our surface technologies portfolio and integrate in a way that makes the economics of Saudi Aramco’s projects much more favourable.”

The 140 new jobs reinforce TechnipFMC commitment to acquiring a local, diverse and capable workforce in the next five years as part of the In-Kingdom Total Value Add Program (IKTVA), a new programme created by Saudi Aramco to baseline, measure and support increased levels of localisation in the kingdom.

Alabaster said he expects the initial investment in the new facility will grow as new capabilities are developed in-country that will allow TechnipFMC to not just supply the local Saudi market but also export from Saudi Arabia.

Attending the ground-breaking ceremony were Abdallah Al Thaaly, industrial development and strategic supply department manager and head of the IKTVA localisation programme, Nayef Al Ghafel, drilling and workover services department manager, Rami Saleh, drilling technical department manager, Hamoud Al-Shammari, offshore drilling department manager, Saudi Aramco, and other company officials. Also attending was Alex Campbell, general manager, TechnipFMC Saudi Arabia.

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