Some architects and steel structural engineers in the country have endorsed the use of welded steel pipes for its cost saving benefits in construction projects.
The engineers who spoke recently in a forum in Lagos said the adoption of the steel product became necessary as it have higher strength to weight ratio than other steel products and appreciable compression support characteristics.
Speaking against the backdrop of endorsement, the Managing Director of Nigeria Gas and Steel Limited (NGSL), Mr. Hasib Moukarim in a statement to newsmen gave the assurance that the company will not rest in its oars to ensure quality sustainability.
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 recognized the superior quality of pipes produced by Nigeria Gas and Steel Limited saying that they have realized 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 noted that these 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 Moukarim said, have higher strength to weight ratio than other steel products and has excellent compression support characteristics due to its lighter weight compared to beams.