GE Oil & Gas expands Batam subsea manufacturing facilities in Indonesia
JAKARTA -- GE today announced the largest expansion of its Batam manufacturing facility to date, with the construction of a high bay for a new line of subsea wellhead equipment that will further increase local content.
Visal Leng, regional general manager of GE Oil & Gas Asia Pacific, said that the production of vertical subsea trees in Batam is a first for GE in Asia-Pacific. The expansion will create up to 30 new jobs when fully operational.
GE Oil & Gas has invested more than $12 million in Batam, since 2011, for plant expansion, technology upgrades and the new high bay workshop, Leng said.
Employees for the new high bay for vertical subsea trees will be trained according to the standards and practices at GE’s Aberdeen center of excellence. They will also receive additional training addressing localized content and requirements. The construction of the high bay is due for completion in June 2013, with the production of the subsea trees expected to start in November 2013.
In February of this year, GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt visited Indonesia, and announced GE’s plan to spend $300 million in the next five years to support the country’s infrastructure development. This includes the expansion of Batam subsea manufacturing facility, as well as the establishment of GE Learning and Technology Center, a partnership with Perusahaan Listrik Negara, Garuda Indonesia and Pertamina, to provide a center for leadership and engineering, and the localization of GE applied technology.