MONTROSE, UK --GE Oil & Gas (NYSE: GE) has expanded its subsea systems manufacturing, test, and assembly facility in Montrose south of Aberdeen.
The $15.8-million investment in the 9,000-sq m (96,875-sq ft) Brent Avenue site includes a new 2,250-sq m (24,219-sq ft) assembly and test facility for manufacture of large, deepwater horizontal subsea trees (DHXTs).
Machining capacity has been increased, allowing over 90 systems/yr to be produced, compared with 63 previously, and the site can now machine much larger vertical tree systems (DVXTs), allowing GE Oil & Gas’ Subsea Systems business to meet anticipated long-term demand.
Additionally, there is a new assembly and test line for the construction and testing of sub-assemblies and master valve blocks. The site will now be able to produce all key components, from raw material through to a fully built, flat packed subsea tree.
To accommodate growing subsea demand, GE expects to increase staff numbers at the facility from 85 to 138 this year.