The centre was inaugurated by Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry. Qatar is one of the fastest growing centres for the oil and gas industry worldwide. GE Oil and Gas has been providing gas turbines, compressors and other equipment to support projects in Qatar for more than 35 years. The new service centre represents a significant step for GE's infrastructure localisation strategy in the region, and will be a Centre of Excellence for GE Oil and Gas in the Middle East.It will support both emerging markets and the fast growing refinery industry in the region, with application expertise ranging from petrochemical services to LNG. The centre will also provide customers with the first GE re-manufacturing capabilities for compressors in the Middle East. The total plant encompasses more than 36,000 square metres with a covered area of 4,200 square metres and an additional 600 square metres dedicated to offices. As many as 40 people are expected to be employed at the centre by the end of 2008, increasing GE Oil and Gas's local operations, which already include sales and engineering

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