December 20, 2015 | 6:59 PM | By Times News Service
Muscat: GE Oil & Gas has won two contracts from Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) for the supply, testing, installation and commissioning of a fleet of electric motor driven centrifugal compressors.
The compressors will be deployed as part of PDO’s Saih Nihayda Depletion Compression Phase II, Kawther Depletion Compression Phase II, Yibal Khuff Depletion, Burhaan West and Fahud Gaslift Compression projects.
The contract also covers aftermarket services for these new compressors, as well as the existing GE compressor fleet.
The contracts were signed at the Business Opportunities Forum held in Muscat, under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, and organised by the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) to promote the efforts and programmes of the private sector in the field of In-Country Value (ICV) creation.
In addition, GE Oil & Gas signed an agreement with PDO to extend training and development support for Omani nationals over the next 10 years, underlining its commitment to localisation and the development of human capital in Oman.
Commenting on the contracts, PDO managing director Raoul Restucci said, “We are making significant investments in strengthening our infrastructure that will enhance our productivity and help create new jobs for Omani nationals. In addition, we are focusing on strengthening local supply chain and maintenance capabilities that support Omani talent development. The contracts with GE Oil & Gas, a long-term partner of PDO, will add significant value to the national economy.”
Meanwhile, Rami Qasem, president and chief executive officer, GE Oil & Gas Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said, “Oman is one of the strategic growth hubs for GE Oil & Gas in the Middle East, where we have achieved over 90 percent Omanisation. The new contracts build on our commitment to deliver cutting-edge technology, support localised innovation and promote talent development in Oman – a key element of how GE does business in the region.”
As Oman focuses on projects to enhance oil and gas production, GE Oil & Gas is investing in its partnership with PDO by offering advanced technology and local service capabilities within Oman.
GE Oil & Gas developed the widest range of advanced technology centrifugal compressors, providing over 30,000 HP, as well as re-injection compressors catering to the harshest and most corrosive gas services, with delivery pressures as high as 10,000 psi (700 bar).
With an active presence since 1975, GE’s focus in Oman has always been to support the country in fulfilling its vision. GE has its country office in Muscat and an Electric Submersible Pumps (ESP) Field Service and Repair Center in Nimr. Serving as an energy technology partner of the Sultanate, over 300 advanced pieces of GE equipment are deployed in the country’s oil and gas sector.
GE Oil & Gas has also rolled out dedicated training programmes for Omani nationals at the Florence Oil & Gas University, a proof-point of ongoing support of Omanisation and human capital development. Further, GE has acquired land in Nizwa to develop a workshop for local repairs and services to strengthen its local capabilities.
GE is the world’s digital industrial company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive.
Copyright © 2015 Muscat Media Group.