18 February 2008

FPI supplies pipe systems for Dubai World Central Airport

Future Pipe Industries Group (FPI) has recently commenced delivery of pipes to provide the drainage, waste water and fire-fighting pipe systems for the new Dubai World Central Airport which is currently under construction.

Dubai-based Future Pipe Industries Group (FPI), the largest global manufacturer of large diameter fiberglass pipe systems.

FPI which, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Gulf Eternit Industries, has supplied much of Dubai's water piping systems for infrastructure municipal, and desalination-projects, will deliver approximately 300 kilometers of fiberglass pipes to Dubai World Central, enough to stretch from the city to Abu Dhabi and back.

Dubai World Central is expected to be the world's largest passenger and cargo hub when it is completed in 2013, capable of handling as many as 120 million passengers, nearly twice that of Heathrow Airport today, and 12 million tons of cargo per year. The airport will be the first of its kind constructed with the Airbus 380 in mind.

Commenting on the contract, Rami Makhzoumi, President and CEO of FPI said:

'Technology innovation and quality are fundamental to our business and our ability to embark on important projects like Dubai World Central. We believe that our range of fiberglass pipe systems is the most extensive in the industry and enables us provide value-added solutions to our customers. Our products and pipe systems are ideally suited for a broad range of projects across many different sectors in particular for large scale infrastructure projects.'

Over the last decade, FPI has invested heavily in research and product development to ensure versatile, cost effective and durable fiberglass piping systems.

Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) pipes will be supplied by FPI for the airport runway because of their ability to withstand pressure and corrosion from storms and waste water. For the airport's fire water systems, FPI was selected to provide pipes capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures - manufactured from Glass Reinforced Epoxy Resin (GRE).

Dubai World Central airport orders, which have an expected value of $US75 million, commenced in the first half of 2007 with projects expected to be completed by 2009. FPI was also involved in a number of other Dubai airport developments including the provision of fiberglass pipes for Dubai International Airport's district cooling system, storm water drainage system and cargo mega terminal.

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