GE Oil & Gas has enhanced its European drilling and production equipment repair, maintenance and refurbishment capabilities with the official opening of a new Global Services facility in Montrose, Scotland.
$5 million (£3 million) has been invested in the site, which was officially opened today by Alastair Birnie, Chief Executive, Subsea UK and David Smith, Interim CEO, Scottish Development International.
Located on existing premises established in 1982, the Montrose facility consolidates GE's previous drilling and production Services operations in Aberdeen, Scotland into one state-of-the-art technology location. Montrose will provide new and existing customers with high-quality and rapid services expertise and support across GE Oil & Gas’ entire Drilling & Production portfolio. In addition, the site offers additional capacity to meet both customers' expanding needs and GE’s anticipated Services growth in the European region.
The new upgraded Montrose facility employs 164 personnel, including eleven local apprentices, bringing GE Oil & Gas' workforce to more than 1,050 in Scotland and more than 1,600 across the UK.
Opening the GE Global Services facility, David Smith, Interim CEO, Scottish Development International, said, "We are delighted with GE's continued investment in the region. The new Montrose facility will be of great benefit to the global energy industry and, indeed, to the local community. An investment of this magnitude must be commended, particularly in these difficult economic times, and it clearly demonstrates the important role Scotland plays in GE's global operations."
Neil Saunders, Global Services Leader, GE Oil & Gas, Drilling & Production, said, "The new Montrose facility is crucial to our Global Services operations. It provides a strong localized presence to help our customers grow their businesses with advanced engineering services and expertise, while also offering increased capacity to meet anticipated growth. The UK and Northern Europe markets are a key focus for GE Oil & Gas and this investment demonstrates our long-term commitment to the region."
The new site includes extensive warehouse facilities and a new Production Control Systems (PCS) building. The 20,000 square foot PCS building houses a clean room, test and assembly bays, and is fully equipped for all testing and flushing requirements on PCS equipment. It also boasts a real-time diagnostic data link to GE Oil & Gas' UK subsea production controls centre of excellence, or SmartCenter, at Nailsea, near Bristol. The new 30,000 square foot warehouse is fully racked to accommodate best practice in storage and space allocation. It offers enhanced consolidation and protection for customer-owned and rental stock.
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