Wärtsilä expands in Dubai
Finnish genset manufacturer Wärtsilä has opened new offices and a workshop in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to meet the rapidly growing market demand from power plant customers in Dubai and in the Gulf in general.
The new workshop premises, located in the Dubai Investment Park 2 (DIP2), enable Wärtsilä to offer a wide range of services for engines, ships, automation, propellers, thrusters, alignment and in-situ machining.
“Dubai has become an important business hub in the Middle East and its growth is foreseen to continue in the future. The expansion of Wärtsilä’s portfolio of products and services in that region corresponds to our steadfast commitment to be a one-stop shop for industrial and marine customers”, says Tage Blomberg, group vice president, Wärtsilä Services. “Being in Dubai is being where the business needs are. Local presence is of the essence in the service business”, he adds.
The new offices and workshop have a floor area close to 10 000 m2. This is almost triple the combined size of Wärtsilä’s other locations in Dubai. The new workshop is state-of-the-art with regard to layout and equipment. It enables Wärtsilä to handle larger work in terms of dimensions and weight, and using the latest tools and other maintenance equipment. The building is 15 m tall and is equipped with six overhead cranes with maximum capacities of 30 tonnes. As all activities are undertaken under one roof, there will be benefits in less handling and better quality work.
Wärtsilä has been operating in Dubai since 1992 and already has a number of premises there. The majority of the Wärtsilä employees in Dubai will work in the new facilities, amounting to around 310 people. Currently there are some 325 people working for Wärtsilä in Dubai and this number is intended to be increased to at least 400 before the end of 2008 to handle the increased business. Wärtsilä also plans to open an office and workshop in Dubai Maritime City.
Wärtsilä has been expanding its network in the Middle East. A branch office was opened in Fujairah in April 2007 and in Bahrain in January 2008. Further offices are planned in Oman, Yemen, Egypt and Qatar, as well as additional offices and workshops in Dubai. All these branch offices will report to a local head office for the Middle East, which will be in Dubai. This local head office will serve 14 countries.
One of the important features of the new workshop is that it has a new parts cleaning machine, which complies with environmental requirements and reduces the wastage of water. The machine works with 95 per cent clean water and with only 5 per cent chemicals. It has a closed system. Drainage and cleaning of the machine is only required after a certain operating time.
Wood Group wins gas turbine control systems contract from SEWA
The Gas Turbine Services division (‘GTS’) of international energy services company, John Wood Group, has been awarded a contract by Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (“SEWA”) to perform control system retrofits on two Pratt & Whitney FT4 gas turbine generator sets operated at the Layyah Power Station in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Valued at approximately $2.75m, the contract will be fulfilled by GTS on a turnkey basis, integrating its control systems skills and expertise, together with its gas turbine package refurbishment capabilities.
Alex Dron, regional sales director, Middle East for GTS, said: “We are delighted to provide a solution to SEWA that will improve the reliability and availability of their generator sets, which is of critical importance since the units provide a black start facility in the event of a main generating grid failure.” Eng. Al Waleed Khalid bin Khadem, director general of SEWA, said: “Wood Group’s long established track record supporting FT4 gas turbines, together with their proven control systems technical excellence, make them our ideal partner for this contract.”