GE Oil & Gas’ Downstream Technology Solutions (DTS) won a 15-year technical development partnership deal from Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO), marking DTS’s first installation of its advanced 32K Extender Combustion System in the Middle East, reported Trade Arabia. This combustion system is meant to allow QAFCO to upgrade the operational efficiency of its gas turbines, improve plant operations, and up productivity levels.

As stipulated in the contract, GE Oil & Gas is responsible for first installation, which is set for 2017, while modification, repair, and field services will be provided through Qatar-based experts. GE Oil & Gas has an installed base of six FR6 gas turbines, 31 centrifugal compressors, 16 steam turbines, and 16 pumps across QAFCO plants.

GE Oil & Gas DTS already enjoys a long-term service contract with QAFCO in the Mesaieed plant, signed last year, as part of GE’s commitment to localization, sourcing material, and expertise, domestically, said FANA News. An example of this localization strategy is GE Oil & Gas’s Qatar Service Center in Ras Laffan, a center of excellence that provides technology for the region.