Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Tubing Company (GTC) is starting the design and construction of a seamless tube and pipe steel manufacturing facility in Ras Al-Khair on Saudi Arabia’s east coast. GTC is a building the facility in partnership with Vitkovice holding a leading metallurgical engineering Czech Republic Company and SMS Meer a leading long product German Company. The Project EPCm is awarded to BAT Engineering, a specialized Slovakian engineering firm.
The production capacity of the manufacturing facility is 600,000 tpy of steel, stated project officials. Set to begin construction early 2017 and start production end of 2019, the facility will manufacture OCTG (Casing, Tubing, and Couplings), line pipes, and power sector tubing with a capacity of 400,000 tpy. The remaining 200,000 tpy is for the manufacturing of forged flanges and valve bodies of all types.
According to GTC officials, the seamless pipes to be produced in the facility will range from 19 to 178 mm in diameter. Cooperation deals and approvals have been finalized with Saudi Arabian concerned governmental agencies to bring a major non-oil heavy industry to satisfy Saudi Arabia 2030 vision. GTC products will help minimizing imports and facilitates product exports to the region, MENA, and the rest of the world. Products are also sold to major Saudi Companies such as oil & gas, petrochemicals, mining and utilities to support their local procurement programs.
Salamah Al-Anizi, president and CEO of Gulf Tubing Company, stated that the facility will also manufacture cold drawn carbon and low alloy steel precision tubing and stainless steel seamless tubes for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Al-Anizi also stated that there will be intensive initial training program for local Company employees in Germany and Czech Republic, pertaining to the operation and maintenance of the facility, also the Company is building a training center for steel and metallurgy continuous training within the manufacturing facility. The plant is expected to generate 1010 jobs, including more than 700 direct jobs for Saudi Arabian youth and 400 indirect jobs outside the facility in the area of scrap and various services, added Al-Anizi.