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GE Agrees to Acquire Salof, a Designer and Manufacturer of Small LNG Technologies

May 2, 2013

  • Acquisition Will Position GE for Rapid Growth in the Small LNG Sector
  • Will Provide GE with Manufacturing Capacity for Small LNG Plants
  • Supports Trend Toward Use of Cleaner, Cost-Effective LNG as a Transportation Fuel

HOUSTON—May 2, 2013—Underscoring its commitment to the small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, GE Oil & Gas (NYSE: GE) today announced that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Schertz, Texas-based Salof Companies, a designer of small–scale LNG technologies.

Privately held Salof is world renowned for its cryogenic plant design and fabrication for small LNG and CO2 applications. GE, a leader in large-scale LNG technologies, recently launched LNG solutions with a significantly smaller footprint and capacity that are complementary to Salof’s offerings. Adding Salof to the portfolio will add additional capabilities and manufacturing footprint, while Salof can draw upon GE’s breadth and global operations, positioning both companies for growth in this sector. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

In North America, the demand for small-scale LNG production is growing as vast new discoveries of natural gas are making it cost-efficient to use cleaner burning natural gas for transportation, fleet management, marine and other industrial uses. The technologies can encourage the transition of long-haul trucks and locomotives from diesel fuel to LNG, contribute to emissions reduction, capture flare gas at drilling sites and landfills and help eliminate the need for costly pipeline infrastructure in remote areas. Additionally, small-scale LNG technology is employed to develop export terminal infrastructure for LNG.

“This move is not only good for GE and Salof, it also will provide more options for customers around the world as they look for new ways to cut both emissions and costs by using cleaner burning natural gas,” said Daniel C. Heintzelman, president and CEO, GE Oil & Gas. “Salof has deep small LNG expertise, a strong track record of high-caliber projects and a highly talented workforce. This acquisition expands our strategic footprint in the U.S., and Salof’s Texas site has the potential to be a GE Oil & Gas manufacturing and packaging center of excellence for small LNG technologies.”

Small LNG solutions typically offer customers a cost-effective standard or modular, plug-and-play solution. They can be located in remote areas, industrial sites or even highway fueling stations. Depending on the design, they can be moved and redeployed as needed.

“GE is well known for its expertise in managing complex global projects, developing manufacturing efficiency and for having a world-class sales and service team,” said David Gordon, president of Salof Companies. “Joining GE lets Salof focus on what it does best—developing and producing great LNG technologies—while simultaneously growing our business globally. It is an exciting move that will have a significant impact on the future of the small-scale LNG industry.”

Salof has nearly 200 employees located at its Schertz manufacturing facility. Together with the U.S. acquisition, GE will acquire a 50 percent ownership interest in Beijing enCryo Engineering Co., Ltd., a Beijing-based joint venture with Beijing Maison Engineering Co., Ltd. that has been a reliable partner with the Salof Companies for projects in China and elsewhere.

About GE Oil & Gas

GE Oil & Gas is a world leader in advanced technologies and services with 37,000 employees in more than 100 countries supporting customers across the industry—from extraction to transportation to end use. Making the environment, health and safety, quality and integrity our highest priorities is The Way We Work. Our technologies and services include: surface and subsea drilling and production, monitoring and diagnostics, measurement and controls, large-scale LNG, pipeline compression and inspection, well site and industrial power generation, technologies for the refining and petrochemical industries, and modular CNG and LNG units for transportation sectors. Through our customized service solutions, training programs and technologies, GE Oil & Gas partners with customers to maximize their efficiency, productivity and equipment reliability; develop their next generation workforce; and fully benefit from the megatrends of natural gas, the growth of subsea and hard-to-reach reserves and the revolution in asset health management. Follow GE Oil & Gas on Twitter @GE_OilandGas.

About Salof

Salof is a world leader in cryogenic plant design and fabrication with a proven track record of supplying fully integrated modularized plants. Salof has delivered multiple LNG Liquefaction and CO2 Liquefaction Facilities worldwide since 1977. Health and safety along with the protection of environment are the “Mission Possible—Goal Zero” highest priority within Salof. Salof’s new 386,000 ft2 facility in Schertz, Texas, just a few minutes outside of San Antonio, has the expertise and experience, combined with capability and capacity, to undertake and deliver successful projects worldwide. Salof has 35 years in the industry of meeting customer requirements with superior solutions.

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