By Jay F. Marks
GE’s oil and gas research center, which will be established in Oklahoma City, is poised to innovate in the industry, General Manager Mike Ming said.
TULSA — Former Oklahoma Energy Secretary Mike Ming is excited about the impact his new employer will have on the oil and natural gas industry.
Ming said GE, one of the oldest companies in the United States, is poised to make its mark as an innovator. Technology from its other segments will be adapted to benefit all aspects of the oil and gas industry. “For a company like GE to commit itself to the space is really pretty telling,” Ming said Tuesday at the Tulsa Pipeline Expo. “It’s going to fit a need.” He said many people still don’t know GE, which was founded in 1892 by Thomas Edison, is in the oil and gas business, but that division employs more than 43,000 people in 100-plus countries. GE Oil and Gas has about 800 employees in Oklahoma. “It’s just an enormous entity,” Ming said.
Ming said GE is committed to applying its experience in innovation to the industry, as evidenced by its plan to open an oil and gas research center in Oklahoma City. GE announced the center in April, bringing on Ming as general manager about a month later. GE has seven research centers around the globe, but the Oklahoma City center will be the first specific to one industry. Ming said officials hope to settle on a site for the center soon. It will employ about 125 people. “It’s going to be a fun, technical place to work,” he said. “If you want change the world … we’re not hiring just yet, but it’s going to be happening pretty quick.” Ming said GE will collaborate with universities, government agencies and companies to bridge the gap between innovative ideas and working prototypes. “If you have a technology need, we want to partner with you,” he said.