Interpipe, a leading steel pipe manufacturing company in Ukraine, has announced putting in place a local support team to work in Basra following the approval from South Oil Company (SOC), one of the major fundamental formations of Iraqi national oil company (INOC), as a preferred supplier for the country.

The announcement sees Interpipe appoint a new Iraq country manager with immediate effect based in Basra. Following several recent meetings in Iraq with South Oil and a lengthy audit of its steel mill in Ukraine, the approval allows Interpipe to participate in local tenders. The meetings in Iraq also saw a tour of the oil fields due to the increasing need to provide a better service of transporting and stocking pipes from the ports.