Al Gharbia commences commercial production of sour grade steel pipes

Image 2SENAAT, one of the largest industrial investment holding companies in the UAE, has announced that Al Gharbia Pipe Company has reached an operational milestone by starting commercial production of large diameter sour grade steel pipes in Abu Dhabi

Al Gharbia Pipe Company – a subcontractor of Habshan Trading – will begin the supply of conductor pipes for Hail and Ghasha offshore sour gas fields to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

The 200,000-sq m plant, which broke ground in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) in 2016, is the UAE’s first large-diameter, sour service capable, welded steel pipe project that has been set up with an US$299mn investment to strengthen the country’s industrial supply chain in line with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy 2021.

The facility will manufacture longitudinally welded large-diameter, thick wall, sour service, steel pipe to service the region’s construction and energy sector.

The plant’s new line is designed to make pipes up to 13.0 m length with an outside diameter ranging from 18 to 56 inches, and the maximum wall thickness of 44.5 mm. Once fully operational, the plant’s annual production capacity is set to reach 240,000 tonnes, of which around 40 per cent will be exported to neighbouring markets in the GCC and greater Middle East, as well as North and East Africa.

Early this year, Al Gharbia Pipe Company received approval from American Petroleum Institute (API) to supply products to oil and gas industry, in addition to an approval from ADNOC for sour and non-sour pipes, which qualifies Al Gharbia as a potential supplier for ADNOC projects with a high In-Country Value score.

Aqeel Abdulla Madhi, chairman of Al Gharbia Pipe Company, said, “The successful commencement of production and the first order awarded by ADNOC at Al Gharbia Pipe Company demonstrates our commitment to local production of high-quality steel pipes. The project further strengthens the UAE’s industrial capabilities and the Made-in-UAE brand, while helping reduce dependence on sour grade steel pipes import and reinforcing the country’s export potential, creating jobs and business opportunities.”

Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO of SENAAT, pointed out that Al Gharbia can take the momentum of bilateral ties between the UAE and Japan to the next level, fostering greater industrial cooperation and partnership in areas of mutual business interest.

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