23 June 2009 — GE Energy opened a new Technology Centre in Belfort, France, the company’s European headquarters for the past 10 years and its international center for manufacturing medium-sized gas turbines.
The new Technology Centre will house up to 400 engineers from 15 countries and is set to be fully operational by September. It represents GE Energy and Sempat’s (Société patrimoniale du Territoire de Belfort) joint investment of approximately 25 million Euro ($35 million).
The Belfort facility plays an important role in GE’s global power generation business by manufacturing the Frame 6FA gas turbine, a medium-range gas turbine manufactured exclusively at the Belfort site.
To commemorate the inauguration of the new Technology Centre, GE Energy officially shipped its 100th Frame 6FA gas turbine, which is headed for a project in Russia.