GE Oil & Gas expands subsea manufacturing capacity in the UK
MONTROSE -- GE Oil & Gas has formally opened its newly expanded 9,000-sq-m subsea systems manufacturing, test and assembly facility in Montrose, Scotland. The product of a $15.8-million investment, the Brent Avenue site has almost doubled in capacity.
GE Oil & Gas representatives met with industry and government leaders today, including Scotland’s Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney, MSP, to mark the formal opening of the facility.
The expansion includes a new 2,250-sq-m assembly and test facility, which will allow for the in-house manufacturing of large, deepwater horizontal subsea trees (DHXTs) suited for use in some of the world’s most challenging environments. It also will lead to a significant increase in machining capacity, from 63 systems a year, to more than 90, as well as in-house machining of much larger vertical tree systems (DVXTs), allowing GE Oil & Gas’ Subsea Systems business to meet anticipated long-term demand.
Included in the investment is a new state-of-the-art assembly and test line for the construction and testing of sub-assemblies and master valve blocks (MVBs). The site will now be able to produce all key components, from raw material through to a fully built, flat packed subsea tree.
The company expects the expansion to lead to an increase in staff numbers from 85 to 138 at the facility during 2013. The expansion project ties in with GE’s broader strategy to modernize and upgrade the company’s UK subsea manufacturing facilities to keep pace with the global demand for critical subsea production components.
GE Oil & Gas has been heavily investing to expand the capabilities of its existing facilities in the UK. Last month, the company announced the expansion of its Newcastle facility, which specializes in the engineering and production of Wellstream high-quality flexible pipeline products and solutions.
GE has also recently spent more than $1 million on modernizing the Master Control Station (MCS) workshop and Subsea Electronics Module (SEM) at its Nailsea facility, near Bristol. Earlier in the year, GE announced plans to create a new subsea center in Bristol.