By The Nation
Siemens opened the new 1200-square-meter service centre in Rayong to continue its commitment to deliver excellent local services to its customers while also supporting Thailand‘s new Power Development Plan (PDP) that puts more emphasis into high efficiency, natural gas based generation and renewable energy technologies.
The new Siemens service centre serves as a combined repair centre and warehouse providing full maintenance support including inspection, spare parts replacement, tooling and repair facilities to serve Siemens‘ gas turbine, compressors and industrial steam turbines.
Rayong is a key location for Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development plan, which is part of the Thailand 4.0 policy. Together, these plans aim to promote high value industries and boost economic growth for the country.
Thorbjoern Fors, CEO of Siemens Power Generation Services, Distributed Generation and Oil and Gas, spoke at the opening ceremony and said the company selected Rayong as the location for the company‘s service centre in order to be close to customers, to access the great talent in Rayong for industrial services and to provide even better levels of service to Thailand’s growing industrial sector.
Fors also said the new service centre would provide benefits for the owners of the nearly 100 industrial gas turbine units in Thailand. The Thai fleet represents the largest fleet of the SGT-800 turbine in the world. – an incredible achievement for not a very large economy country.
“The new service centre is great for Siemens‘ customers and will provide benefits to the efficiency of Thailand’s energy sector,‘‘ said Fors. “It brings us closer to our valued customers in Thailand, makes our services more localised, faster and more efficient, which is exactly what our customers and the industry needs.”
Nadja Haakansson, Vice President, Head of Power Generation Services, Thailand, said: “This service centre will bring many benefits to our customers in terms of ease and quality of service and speed. Our goal is to be as close as possible to our customers – and the new service centre helps us achieve this.
“Our service centre brings a localised service for our customers to help them improve availability, operational flexibility and efficiency. The high efficiency of the SGT-800 drives improved fuel consumption and reduction of airborne emissions such as CO2,” said Haakansson.
“In addition, we also take advantage of digitisation in power generation to provide real-time monitoring and analysis for preventive maintenance and improved operational efficiency.”