(EnergyAsia, April 6, Monday) — Flowserve Corporation, a NYSE-listed provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Rushaid Group said they have opened the largest pump manufacturing, repair and testing facility in the Middle East.

The facility is designed to support customers in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power, water, desalination, chemical and other industries.

Flowserve said the facility holds 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.

“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 of the Al-Rushaid Group.

“Together with Flowserve, we will help customers optimise plant uptime and develop ways to control their operating, maintenance and related costs.” 

Lewis Kling, Flowserve’s President and CEO, said:

“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.

“Flowserve is proud to partner with Al-Rushaid Group to bring technology and innovation to our customers in the critically important Arabian Gulf Region.”

The partners plan to add to the facility the Middle East’s first hydraulics training centre, 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.

The Al-Rushaid Group of Companies is an international organisation 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.

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.