Some 50 per cent of seamless steel pipes used in Qatar come from Ukraine-based Interpipe, it was revealed recently.

Not surprisingly, the company wishes to capitalise on its presence and its business in the country to gain more contracts and increase its market share.

The focus gets all the more intensified as Qatar is transforming its infrastructure to meet large demand ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup it will be hosting and other demand for modernising the general infrastructure that would be reflective of the country’s wealth and industrial influence. Several opportunities for development around chilled water systems, fire-fighting applications and infrastructure were recently discussed during a meeting held at the Ukrainian Embassy in Doha, Interpipe said.

Present were Viktor Bisovetskyi, Interpipe Qatar country manager, and Andrey Burtsev, vice president of pipe sales in the Middle East, together with Yevhen Mykytenko, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Qatar, and Volodymyr Kuruts, a Ukrainian trade and economic affairs official.

Interpipe’s project portfolio in Qatar includes Doha Oasis, Mall of Qatar, Grand Park, Hamad International Airport, Internal Security Forces Camp (Duhail) and other jobs.

In the second half of 2016, Interpipe will produce steel pipes for Qatar Rail’s Doha Metro Red Line South.