Sept 10 2004

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 10, ARMENPRESS: A local Energonorogum (Energy
Repair) company started production of polyethylene pipes late last
May and according to its chief manager, there are enough capacity to
manufacture around 100 km long pipes a month with a diameter ranging
from 60 to 160 cm. These pipes are successfully used both for laying
drinking water and natural gas pipelines.

Unlike metal pipes, which can serve only for 15-20 years, pipes made
of polyethylene, can run for 60 years and demand no repair. They
are also immune against corrosion and other chemical exposure. The
company brings raw material from Belgium. It is now seeking prospects
for selling its products in Russia and other CIS countries.