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GE is to invest up to $60 million over the next decade in its existing Global Repair Service Center in Singapore.
GE plans to develop next-generation repair capabilities for HA gas turbines by creating a new HA Repair and Development Centre at the site in Singapore.
The center will begin repairing HA components in 2021 and will include a research and development base to develop next-generation repair capabilities and the repair of high-tech components, such as nozzles and blades.
EDB, the government agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global center for business, innovation and talent, confirmed its collaboration and support for the growth of the new HA Center.
With GE’s HA fleet growing globally, the company said that its investment in Singapore is expected to add up to 160 experts in engineering and repairs and enable GE to better service HA power plant operators based in Asia, the Middle-East and all countries outside the Americas, which will be served by GE’s Manufacturing and Services facility in Greenville.
GE has been involved in the current service center in Singapore since the 1970s in partnership with local companies. The site originally performed marine and offshore repairs.
With GE, it has evolved into power generation repairs, servicing gas turbines, steam turbines and generators. Its current focus is exclusively on power generation gas turbine repair processes and localization of GE’s newest products.
The facility carries out overhauls of gas turbine blades, rotors and aeroderivative engine components. It uses advanced repair technologies such as robotic laser cladding, adaptive CNC machining, robotic coating and polishing, and inspection technologies and has approximately 250 staff.