(EnergyAsia, August 22 2013, Thursday) — Offshore engineering services giant Halliburton has expanded its manufacturing and technology centre in Senai town in Malaysia’s southern Johor state to better serve its oil and gas customers in the Asia Pacific region.

With the additional 9,844 sq metres of space boosting the total to 29,434 sq metres, the Dubai-headquartered company said it will manufacture an extensive range of products from its completion tools line including packers, tubing retrievable safety valves, service tools, subsurface flow, and swell and screens technology, as well as float equipment, stage tools and cementing accessories from the cementing line.

The facility, which opened in March 2008, now sits on a 5.26-hectare plot that includes a manufacturing plant, a bulk plant and an administration building. The site also offers onsite technology capabilities including onsite high-pressure testing capabilities.

Mark Richard, senior vice president for Halliburton’s Asia Pacific region, said:

“This cutting-edge manufacturing plant features a highly efficient shop-floor layout with advanced machines and streamlined processes that will provide maximum efficiencies in production. The additional investment will provide manufacturing jobs and business opportunities, as well as technology knowledge transfer.

“Halliburton’s investment in this expansion demonstrates our continuing commitment to strengthen our position and respond to our customers’ needs, not only in the Eastern Hemisphere, but globally.

“This additional capacity allows us to continue to strengthen our position in deep water, mature assets and unconventional resources development.”

Rao Abdullah, the company’s vice president for Central Asia and Southeast Asia, said:

“This cutting-edge manufacturing plant features a highly efficient shop-floor layout with advanced machines and streamlined processes that will provide maximum efficiencies in production. The additional investment will provide manufacturing jobs and business opportunities, as well as technology knowledge transfer.”

The NYSE-listed company, which transferred its head office from Houston in Texas to Dubai in 2007, has been active in Asia and the Middle East since 1926. It established operations in Malaysia in 1974 in response to growing demand from companies exploring and producing oil and gas in Asia.