India's Jindal targets end-2013 for Iraq pipe mill start
Last Update: 07/06/2012 13:11:44
Indian pipe producer Jindal is targeting the end of 2013 for commissioning of its new Iraqi welded pipe mill, after receiving an investment licence for the project from the Basra Investment Commission a few weeks ago. An anti-corrosion coating line will be launched at the site in Q2 next year, some six months before pipe output begins. The $200m project will operate as a separate company, whose name Jindal SAW is now in the process of registering with Iraqi authorities; it will be 100% owned by the Indian firm. Power and water supply for the new plant, located in a new industrial city outside the southern city of Basra, are currently being set up. Production capability will amount to 300,000-350,000 tonnes/year of longitudinal submerged arc welded (LSAW) pipe, 16-65 inches in diameter and wall thickness up to 1 inch. Anti-corrosion coating output will be 3.5m square metres/year. A company official declined to specify the source of feedstock, saying instead that it will come from existing Jindal SAW suppliers and will have to conform to Iraqi government specifications. Product will be sold for oil and gas transmission purposes in Iraq, where oil production is forecast to more than triple in the next ten years. In a second expansion phase, scheduled for six months after the beginning of pipe output, the facility will begin hot induction bending. Spiral welded pipe production will also be added at a later stage, for which a date has not yet been established. Capacities for both expansions have not been determined.
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