Siemens has taken the next step in its ongoing expansion of activities in Saudi
Arabia, breaking ground on a new manufacturing facility in
Dammam for gas turbines and compressors, the company said on
Planned for completion in late 2013, the center will create
job opportunities for young Saudis, serving as a
knowledge-transfer hub for new Siemens technology and supporting the
countrys industrialization drive, according to the
The groundbreaking ceremony was held under the patronage of
H.R.H. Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Governor
of the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia.
It took place in the presence of several government
officials, the local partner E.A. Juffali & Brothers,
executives from Saudi Electricity Co. and Saudi Aramco, as well
as high-ranking representatives of Siemens, the company
The equipment manufactured at the plant will be supplied to
the local Saudi market, where energy requirements are strongly
Siemens and its local partner, E.A. Juffali & Brothers,
are jointly investing a three-digit million-dollar figure in
the facility, which will be constructed on a 220,000
square-meter site in Dammam in the eastern region.
The manufacturing facility is the first of its kind for
Siemens in the Middle East.
"With this new facility, Siemens is clearly strengthening
its long-term commitment to Saudi Arabia, said Michael
Suess, CEO of the energy sector and member of the managing
board of Siemens.
We will create qualified jobs and train young Saudis
in order to achieve a true transfer of our innovative
technologies, Suess added.
Siemens, in association with Saudi Petroleum Services
Polytechnic (SPSP) and Saudi Arabias Human Resources
Development Fund (HRDF), will offer a two-year technical
apprenticeship program provided by SPSP, followed by one year
of on-the-job training at Siemens.
Depending on their job fields, which students will
specialize in during the program, they will be trained in
various Siemens locations in Germany and the US. The first 40
Saudi students started their program in December 2011.