The manufacturing plant will have a capacity to produce 1 million tonnes a year of copper, brass, aluminium, stainless steel and galvanised iron pipes with diameters ranging from 20 millimetres to 3 metres. The plant, which will take about 12 months to build, will be constructed in three phases and be built over 300,000 square metres.

Phase 1, which is due to be commissioned by April, will cover the supply and installation of facilities to produce 12-inch-diameter pipes. Phase 2 will be for the production of 8-inch-diameter pipelines and is targeted for completion by late May. Phase 3 will cover the installation of facilities to produce 3-metre-diameter pipelines and will be commissioned by the third quarter of 2003.

The suppliers of the main machinery for the proposed plant include Koerner of Austria and OTO Mills and Cotimpi, both of Italy.

The design and supervisory consultant is a team of RMJMand Maunsell Consultancy Services, both of the UK. The client is the local Abu Dhabi Metal Pipes & Profiles Industries Complex (Adpico).