Shaw Group subsidiary Shaw Emirates Pipe Manufacturing has begun the construction activities on its pipe prefabrication facility in the UAE.

Shaw Emirates Pipe Manufacturing will operate a 300,000sq ft facility with the capability to support significant regional capital investments in the power and process industries.

When completed in 2011, Shaw’s newest facility will add to its existing pipe prefabrication capabilities in the Middle East.

The company said that pipe prefabrication is the process of welding and fitting pipe and other components into custom systems by following design and scheduling requirements in a factory-controlled environment.

Shaw chairman, president and CEO J Bernhard Jr said that significant large capital projects are under way in the Middle East that will impact the region’s infrastructure in multiple industries — nuclear power, water, refinery, petrochemical and chemical.

"As these projects proceed in the next several years, Shaw Emirates Pipe Manufacturing will have the capability to fully support these initiatives with piping systems prefabricated to the highest quality," Bernhard Jr said.