Al Rushaid and Flowserve team up for OEM package

Joint venture is set to build the largest pump repair, manufacturing and training facility in the ME

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By  Rupert Cornford Published  July 1, 2006

Al Rushaid Group and Flowserve are to build the largest original equipment manufacturer pump repair, manufacturing and training facility in the Middle East. Construction of the US $14 million (SR52 million) 20,500m2 complex, located at the Al Rushaid Oil Field Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, will start next month and is expected to be completed in October 2007. The Al Rushaid-Flowserve pump facility will comprise two units: a 17,500m2 pump repair, manufacturing and test facility, and a 3,000m2 hydraulics training centre. A key component of the facility will be the region’s largest hydraulics test bed. Certified testing will be available for both horizontal and vertical pumps (including high-pressure applications) to more than 5,965kW. This will cover approximately 90% of the region’s installed base with the test bed allowing end users to verify equipment performance or diagnose and correct problems. The development will also feature the Middle East’s first hydraulics training centre. This unit will have state-of-the-art classrooms along with static and dynamic laboratories. Sheikh Abdullah Al Rushaid, chairman, Al Rushaid Group, said: “This joint venture will bring both capabilities and benefits to our customers in the petroleum-related industries, the chemical processing and power generation sectors. “To have this extent of pump service/repair, testing and training is truly an essential component in the growth of our most important industries.” Lewis Kling, president and chief executive officer, Flowserve Corporation, added: “This new complex provides us with a solid foundation to serve and support our customers in the Middle East.”

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