Water pipeline project to use Serimax for welding services

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PARIS, France, Aug. 18, 2010 -- International welding company Serimax has secured its first onshore pipeline project in Saudi Arabia.

Serimax will provide welding services for the Ras Az-Zawr to Riyadh water pipeline transmission system, working on behalf of contractor Mapa-Limak-MNG and end client Saline Water Conversion Corporation.

The workscope involves in-trench welding on two parallel 72" water lines over a length of 125km. Serimax will train contractor welders on its Saturnax automatic welding system, with welding procedure qualification taking place onsite from mid August and production expected to start in October.

Serimax said the contract win was a major step forward in achieving a key objective of further market penetration in the Middle East region.

Cyril Tigien, Serimax's vice president for Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia/Community of Independent States, said: "We have performed a number of offshore projects in Saudi Arabia but this is our first major onshore project and is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the value of Serimax's full automatic welding technologies in a strategically important region.

"It is a large diameter workscope with welding taking place in-trench in difficult desert working conditions, but our previous expertise in delivering first class welding in challenging environments gave us a competitive advantage in winning this contract.

"The project has already begun, which presents a demanding mobilisation schedule, but we are committed to an immediate start on welder training and are looking forward to building a strong relationship with contractors Mapa-Limak-MNG."

Serimax provides full service welding encompassing marine pipelines, spoolbase, landlines and fabrication, and is part of the Vallourec group which is a world leader in tubular solutions, has a market capitalisation exceeding €8bn, and employs 20,000 people in more than 20 countries.

Serimax is an international full service welding company. We plan, design, manage and deliver fully integrated welding solutions on land and at sea, in the most challenging environments and most extreme conditions.

With corporate headquarters in Paris and regional offices in Evanton (Scotland), Houston, Paris and Singapore employing more than 800 staff, Serimax operate in exacting conditions all over the world, planning, managing and executing complex and challenging welding contracts.

We have a track record of innovation, expertise and world class standards, established over the course of 30 years. Our experienced personnel -- welders, technicians, engineers and project managers -- have access to state-of-the-art equipment and tailor solutions according to our clients' specific requirements.

Serimax staff benefit from comprehensive training programmes and we operate to the highest HSE standards, recognising that the welfare of our staff and sub-contractors, as well as the environment in which we operate is absolutely critical. Website: www.serimax.com

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