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The Siemens Dammam Energy Hub (SDEH) is a flagship that highlights our continuously expanding local footprint in Saudi Arabia. In addition to Siemens’ substantial investments in innovation, R&D, the development of local supply chains and talent development, the SDEH is a Siemens’ strong commitment to driving local value-add and the industrialization of the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030.
In 2011, Siemens and its partners came together to build the SDEH, the first gas turbine facility of its kind in Saudi Arabia and the largest in the Middle East. One year later, a groundbreaking ceremony with key decision-makers in the Kingdom was followed by the launch of a massive training program for local talent, in partnership with the Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic (SPSP). In May 2016, the newly qualified Saudi Arabian gas turbine experts built the first of six F-class gas turbines for Saudi Aramco’s Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle power plant in Jazan.
The launch of the first “Made in KSA” gas turbine in 2016 was a historic milestone – built in Saudi Arabia, for Saudi Arabia, by Saudi Arabian talent. Over 170 local talents were trained as part of this strong partnership with the SPSP. Our latest vocational education initiative will see nearly 50 additional youth being trained under a concept modeled around the German dual education system, and this will provide a steady flow of local, technical talent to the plant. We are very proud of our graduates who today substantially contribute to their communities and the society of the Kingdom.
We are deeply grateful for the confidence that our local partners have shown in us, especially in light of the prestigious honor that Siemens received when we were presented with the Saudi Water and Electricity Forum (SWEF) Award that acknowledged our commitment to localization and the investment in the SDEH.
With the capacity to build up to ten E, H and F class turbines annually, the Siemens Dammam Energy Hub is a showcase for our cutting-edge technologies, knowledge transfer and the development of local capabilities to produce highly efficient engineering masterpieces. Furthermore, the joint development and strengthening of the plant’s local supply chain is increasing local value add and meeting the needs of our customers.
Our partnership with the Kingdom spans nearly 90 years and our continuously developing local manufacturing and service capabilities will leverage opportunities to jointly achieve even more milestones with the Kingdom and its people.
As a global technology company, Siemens recruits talented people around the world and creates an environment in which they can best develop and contribute their skills. Diverse teams with a broad spectrum of skills, experience and qualifications increase the wealth of ideas in the company and strengthen our power to innovate. Our teams also reflect the diverse composition of our customer base and help create a local competitive edge.
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