Baker Hughes, a global energy technology company, has broken ground at King Salman Energy Park (Spark) on the construction of its Oilfield Services (OFS) regional hub, its largest assembly, maintenance, and overhaul hub in the Eastern Hemisphere.

The 300,000-sq-m regional hub will support Baker Hughes’ OFS operations and customers across the Middle East. It will be home to more than 600 employees, of whom 70 per cent are Saudi nationals. The facility plans to include 120 new jobs by the time it opens in late 2022.

The groundbreaking ceremony at the project site was attended by Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes and Ahmad Al Sa’adi, Senior Vice President, Technical Services of Aramco. 

Spark is located at the heart of the energy market in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Baker Hughes’ investment is a significant milestone for Spark, which is a 50-sq-km energy city megaproject that will position Saudi Arabia as a global energy, industrial and technology hub.