Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS), a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, and Al-Rushaid Group (Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) today announced the grand opening of the largest pump manufacturing, repair and testing facility in the Middle East.
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia -- Mar. 22, 2009-- Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS), a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, and Al-Rushaid Group (Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) today announced the grand opening of the largest pump manufacturing, repair and testing facility in the Middle East.
“We are very pleased to work with Flowserve to open this facility, which is designed to support major customers within Saudi Arabia and the surrounding Arabian Gulf Countries,” said Sheikh Abdullah Al-Rushaid, Chairman, Al-Rushaid Group. "Together with Flowserve, we will help customers optimize plant uptime and develop ways to control their operating, maintenance and related costs."
The facility is designed to support customers in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power, water, desalination, chemical and other industries.
"This state-of-the-art, robust facility helps us deliver outstanding service to our Middle East customers – its scope, size and capabilities are unmatched in the region,” said Lewis Kling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Flowserve Corporation. “Flowserve is proud to partner with Al-Rushaid Group to bring technology and innovation to our customers in the critically important Arabian Gulf Region."
A key component of the facility is the region’s largest, most capable hydraulics test facility, which is capable of certified testing to both API and international standards, for both horizontal and vertical pumps. The facility will allow customers to verify equipment performance, or diagnose and correct problems.
Future expansion plans include the Middle East's first hydraulics training center, which will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, along with static and dynamic laboratories. Planned classes include basic hydraulics theory, advanced maintenance, repair and technical services, and hands-on training opportunities.
- 11,500 square meters (123,000 square feet)
- Employs more than 100 people
- Fully compliant with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Saudization requirements
- Full lifecycle equipment management including LifeCycle Advantage™ programs to reduce the total cost of ownership and improve operating efficiency
- Upfront services such as product selection, installation and commissioning
- Field performance testing and monitoring (including high-energy pumps to ensure system and energy efficiency)
- On-site commissioning and repairs, laser alignments, technical services and training
- Off-site maintenance and repair services; product overhauls, re-rates and upgrades
- Customized stocking programs
- Pump power end exchange programs for pumps complying with industry-standard specifications, such as ISO-ANSI-API
- Test capabilities (including high-pressure applications) up to 6,000 kilowatts (8,000 horsepower)
- General machine shop services including seal lapping
- Materials selection and upgrades including hardening, welding and overlay services
- Mechanical seal overhauls and hydrotesting
- Future training classes to offer the ability to create pump curves, troubleshoot cavitation problems, and perform “dead head” tests and other diagnostics
- Future training center will occupy 1,500 square meters (16,000 square feet)
About Al-Rushaid Group
The Al-Rushaid Group of Companies is an international organization which offers and provides a diverse range of engineering and contracting services, facilities, and products, including but not limited to oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical processing and power generation industries. These services include design, engineering, construction and procurement as well as project management and maintenance for entire plant operations, storage tanks, and high quality prestigious buildings and environment services, and development of ports and terminals. It is ranked ninth among the top 100 Saudi companies. More information about the Al-Rushaid Group of Companies can be obtained by visiting the company's website at www.al-rushaid.com
About Flowserve Corp.
Flowserve Corp. is one of the world’s leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services. Operating in more than 55 countries, the company produces engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves as well as a range of related flow management services. More information about Flowserve can be obtained by visiting the company’s Web site at www.flowserve.com.
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