SAWPIPE A profusion of new pipeline projects and profits . . . for now

Jan 01, 2008 | 10:46 AM |

Many steelmakers are bullish on the prospects of spiral-weld line pipe, and even if the market turns most believe they have strategies to cope.

The market should peak in 2008 and return to previous levels by 2009, said David Delie, president and chief executive officer of Berg Steel Pipe Corp., Panama City, Fla. That's not bad news, he added, especially considering that 2007 was a good year.

Berg Steel Pipe already has an annual capacity of more than 400,000 tons of longitudinally submerged arc-welded (LSAW) pipe and plans to add about 180,000 tons of spiral-welded capacity, Delie said.

Transmission pipelines should continue to be built as more natural gas production shifts from traditional fields in the Gulf of Mexico to newer reserves in the Rocky Mountains. And while it might not happen until 2015, gas eventually will be piped in from Alaska to the lower 48 states, he said. "There's too much to leave sitting up there. It's just a matter of when."....

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