Pipeline projects have been strong in the last year in the Middle East, with only the US and Asia edging out the Middle East in terms of numbers. SIMDEX, the pipeline database, found that 115 projects are underway for lines that run an average length of 435km, with an added 14 jobs in the pre-construction phase, according to its March 2010 report.

“SteelFab 2011 will continue to focus on “Pipe and Tube Machinery” as this is an important segment of the show. Machinery and tools for pipe & tube construction, pipe forming, pipe cutting, roll bending, tube forming, tube bending, orbital welding, pipe & tube straightening, clamps and accessories and other pipe & tube solutions will be on display. This will provide the regional pipeline contractors with the machinery & equipment they need to execute the pipeline contracts in the region” said the show organizers.

The major pipeline projects as reported by Construction Week magazine were:

National Petroleum Construction Company - $62 million upgrading of Idd al-Shargi North Dome Field (Q2 – 2010 to Q2 2012)

Independent Commercial Group - $505 million project for the construction of 40-inch oil pipeline from supporting substation No. 131 to the liquid gas factory at Mina Al-Ahmadei at Kuwait City.

Combined Group Co - $140 million project for the construction of an oil pipeline and the related features in the north of Kuwait. (Q1 2009 to Q1 2012)

Heavy Industries Engineering - $175 million project for an oil pipeline for the west of Kuwait. (Q1 2009 to Q1 2012) Al Ghanim International- $28 million construction of an oil pipeline linking transit line 3 and the Doha power and water generating complex in the north of Kuwait. The engineering, procurement and construction involves installing 20 inch diameter and 25 kilometre-long crude pipelines running between the main crude export pipeline and the oil-fired Doha East power and desalination plant.

“Many exhibits were represented in this segment at SteelFab 2010. They included DWT Babcock, Belgium Welding, Wachs, Evolution, HGG Profiling, Jammes, Magnatech, Miksan, Mueller – Opladen, Orbitalum, PHD Pipe Hanger Devices, Polysoude, Spa Welding, Sulzer Metco, Sumner, Vernon Tools, Watts Specialties, Weld-tech, Wortelboer, Ylm-Ying Lin Machine, Zopf and others” reported the organisers. “These are some of the world-renowned manufacturers of pipeline construction equipment, and it is really an opportunity for the Middle East fabrication houses to check new-technology, find alternate suppliers and prepare themselves for successful execution of the projects for the following year.”

SteelFab has always identified the relevant growth areas of the regional steel industry, and has endeavored to fine-tune, expand and augment the show to showcase the most relevant products and technology.