Al Gharbia Pipe Company has begun commercial production of large diameter sour grade steel pipes for uses in the construction and energy industries, the National reported.

The UAE-based company is a joint venture (JV) between Senaat and Japanese firms JFE Steel Corporation and Marubeni-Itochu Steel.

The company’s manufacturing plant was set up in 2016 at the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), with about AED 1.1 billion in investments. The plant’s full annual production capacity is set to reach 240,000 tons, with 40% of production set to be directed towards exports.

“The successful commencement of production and the first order awarded by [the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company] ADNOC at Al Gharbia Pipe Company demonstrates our commitment to local production of high-quality steel pipes,” said Aqeel Abdulla Madhi, Al Gharbia Pipe Company Chairman.

“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,” Madhi added.