Locally manufactured welded steel pipes are now gaining more acceptability as more architects and steel structural engineers in Nigeria are adopting them in construction projects for their cost-saving benefits.
Hasib Moukarim, managing director of Nigeria Gas and Steel Ltd (NGSL), made this disclosure recently in a statement.
According to him, many contractors in the past one year who executed contracts for airport terminals, warehouses, churches, petrol stations, schools, shopping complex, bus-stops and bill boards used the heavy duty steel welded pipes manufactured locally by NGSL to fabricate the roofing and structural engineering aspects of the contracts.
Moukarim said that gradually, the local steel structural contractors and fabricators have recognised the superior quality of pipes produced by NGSL, adding that they have realised all the products of thick steel pipes of different sizes such as 5”,6”, and 8” pipes made from 4mm to 10mm steel and different shapes as round, square and rectangular.
He explained that the products can favourably complete the fabrication jobs they had in hand instead of depending on the imported beams and sections which are costlier and heavier, adding that the fabricators have won more contracts because the contractors solicited for the durable and quality pipes.
The steel pipes have higher strength to weight ratio than other steel products and have excellent compression support characteristics due to its lighter weight compared to beams, while thepipes are recommended world wide for use as structural elements in building and other structures, said Moukarim.