GE opens Kuwait tech hub
US-based giant GE marked a new milestone in its operational presence in Kuwait with the opening of the GE Kuwait Technology Centre (GEKTC), a flagship facility that will foster localised research and training for the power sector
US-based giant GE marked a new milestone in its operational presence in Kuwait with the opening of the GE Kuwait Technology Centre (GEKTC), a flagship facility that will foster localised research and training for the power sector.
Approved by the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA), the 6,000 sq met facility, based at Agility in Sulaibiya, is the first facility of its kind outside of the United States by GE, the company said in a statement.
As part of a new agreement signed with Kuwait University, the centre will drive localised training and research and development (R&D) in power generation in Kuwait, supporting the goals of Kuwait Vision 2035 to nurture talent and create high quality jobs in the technical sector.
GEKTC includes a training centre supporting over 900 students and technical professionals each year, a tooling centre to offer repair and maintenance services, and an engineering centre for cutting-edge research and development.
Ahmed Al Jassar, Minister of Electricity & Water, said: “This Technology Centre reflects the commitment that both the Ministry of Electricity & Water and GE have to promote, develop and sustain future Kuwaiti and international talents to serve the power industry in the Middle East region with future prospects to serve the world.”
Steve Bolze, president & CEO of GE Power, added: “GEKTC is a landmark initiative that underlines our deep commitment to foster Kuwaiti technical talent in the energy sector.
"A co-creation ecosystem that is defined by close collaboration between industry and academia, the centre will not only be an innovation hub but also enable us to service our customers better and support them in strengthening the competencies of their professionals in advanced digital industrial technology.”
First announced in 2015, GEKTC features a large generator, steam turbine and gas turbine, and offers practical training on advanced power sector technology and solutions including the GE 7E gas turbine, D11 steam turbine, aero derivative gas turbines and more.
GEKTC will also focus on hot and harsh research that evaluates the effect of high temperature, dust, corrosion, erosion, duty cycle, and fuel harshness, which have a critical impact on the reliability and efficiency of power plants. The findings of these studies will be applied on turbines and generators of GE’s customers, further strengthening their reliability and efficiency.