Siemens Energy completed the expansion of its hub in Dammam, increasing its local capabilities in the energy industry, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The facility, which now covers significant parts of the energy value chain, is the largest of its kind in the region and is ready to support neighboring countries.
His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud patronized the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. “We’re driven by a supreme will, keen on achieving the localization and content targets that are sought by the vision of HRH the Crown Prince, who pays great attention to the concepts of local content,” he said. ” We strive to empower the energy sector.”
Saudi Arabia’s demand for electricity is rising, with a growing population of around 34 million. As a result, the Kingdom faces a pressing demand for power that is estimated to grow over 30% to 120 gigawatts this decade.
“The technology delivered by this facility will support the country in its push for sustainability and decarbonization amid an expanding energy industry,” said Mahmoud Sulaimani, Managing Director of Siemens Energy in Saudi Arabia. “We are proud that this facility is a center of excellence which enables us to raise the skills of young Saudis and serve the energy value chain inside the Kingdom,” he added.
The facility localizes the energy value chain in Saudi Arabia, all under one roof
After producing the first ‘Made in KSA’ gas turbine in 2016, Siemens Energy has continued to invest in the facility and has increased its manufacturing and assembling capabilities. These include compressor trains, water solution packages, process automation solutions, additive manufacturing capabilities, and rotor assembly and repair.
The hub was expanded further with the goal of covering all the services required for the product life cycle in the Kingdom while supporting low emission power generation and decarbonization of industrial processes.
The expansion enables Siemens Energy (SE) to increase local content and personnel
Now the 75,000m2 industrial hub, which houses around 300 employees, has supplemented its manufacturing capacity with a fully integrated service value chain that includes technologically advanced repairs. This latest addition enables the hub to repair and overhaul equipment that would have otherwise been sent overseas, reducing service time and cost, and supporting in-Kingdom value.
Its advanced service workshop enables any kind of rotating equipment to be serviced, covering general inspections, regular repairs, modifications and upgrades, as well as 24/7 emergency servicing.
The hub’s new Power Diagnostic Center (PDC) is connected to the Siemens Energy Gas Turbine fleet in Saudi Arabia. The PDC collects, analyzes and stores operational data to proactively identify optimization potential in operating power plants and monitors performance using state of the art AI solutions. This digital service increases turbine availability, reliability and reduces cost by avoiding forced outages.
Siemens Energy will continue to invest in this facility. It has already invested more than 100 million Euros.
Located in Modon 2nd Industrial City, the SEDH is designed for manufacturing a combination of up to 10 heavy-duty Gas Turbines and around 40 Compression Packages annually. Having delivered 26 compressor trains for strategic Saudi projects already, the facility will deliver more compression trains for other strategic projects in the Kingdom over the next few years.
The facility is now the largest of its kind in the Middle East and Africa
The new admin building also houses a training center for its customers’ operation and maintenance teams. Several modern training rooms with state-of-the-art digital infrastructure support efficient learning of complex content. The area is surrounded by a creativity lounge, a laboratory with an additive manufacturing printer and a technical library. The local supplier development program at SEDH is part of the Siemens Energy initiative to increase local content. Siemens Energy works with local suppliers to help them meet international standards and enhance the in-country supply chain.