20 April 2008

-FPI wins contract values at over Dhs276.5m to supply pipe systems to Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company

Dubai-based Future Pipe Industries Group (FPI), the leading global manufacturer of large-diameter fiberglass pipe systems, has won a major new contract to supply Fiberstrong fiberglass pipes and fittings for the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC).

The total value of FPI's contract exceeds Dhs276.5m (approximately $75.8m).

During the first phase of the contract, FPI will supply around 40kms of Fiberstrong fiberglass pipes with diameters ranging from 400mm to 1600mm for Al Saad Wastewater Treatment Plant.

FPI will begin delivery this month and plans to complete the delivery of these pipes and fittings by the end of June 2009.

For the second phase of the contract, FPI will deliver a total of 135kms of Fiberstrong pipes, with diameters up to 2600mm for Al Wathba Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Delivery of the pipe systems will begin in June 2008 and is expected to be completed by December 2009.

Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company was established to provide sewerage, wastewater treatment and disposal services within Abu Dhabi and has recently taken over ownership, management and operations of the sewerage system from the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain municipalities. ADSSC is wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Water and Electric Authority (ADWEA).

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

'The awarding of this important contract demonstrates our commitment to the UAE market and our ability to service some of the largest municipal projects in the country. Our home market, the GCC, is the fastest growing fiberglass pipe market in the world. Our UAE operation dates back to 1971, the same year as the founding of the Federation, so we are delighted to be participating in this vital development project for Abu Dhabi'.

FPI's pipe systems will be used for the trunk sewer line and the distribution of treated sewer at both the Al Wathba and Al Saad Wastewater Treatment Plants.

The Al Saad and Al Wathba projects were awarded to FPI in March and April respectively.

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