28 July 2010, Dubai, UAE - Rising demand for power generation across the Middle East has contributed to the decision made by Aggreko, the global leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control, to build a new GBP20 million (approximately USD30 million) manufacturing facility at Lomondgate, UK. The new plant will design, develop and manufacture power generators and temperature control equipment, a large proportion of which will then be deployed to the Middle East. Over the past year, over USD30 million worth of fleet has been moved to the Middle East to meet demand, with 1,000 megawatts (MW) of its equipment providing power across the region.
Phil Burns, Managing Director, Aggreko Middle East, said: “This is a fantastic boost for our Middle East operation. By adding to our fleet we will be better able to serve our customers and uphold our reputation for rapid response. When we have equipment available in the region, we can install a multi-megawatt power plant in just a matter of weeks.”
Work on the company’s new facility was formally launched by Chief Executive, Rupert Soames, and members of the Board of Aggreko plc. Soames was joined at the site by John McFall, Chairman of the Strathleven Regeneration Company (SRC), for a ground-breaking ceremony at what will become a 170,000 sq ft factory. Aggreko bought the 16-acre site from SRC earlier this year to replace existing facilities, which are spread around the West of Scotland.
Rupert Soames added: “This new facility is a vital project for Aggreko, enabling us to meet our future manufacturing expansion needs over the next 20 years. We expect building to start later this year with the aim of having the plant in operation in 2012. Our roots are in Dumbarton and it means a great deal to us to be able to remain where we have built up a world-leading design, engineering and manufacturing skill base.”