TPCO breaks ground on Texas pipe mill

Aug 31, 2011 | 05:39 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  TPCO, TPCO America, pipe mill, OCTG, line pipe, drill pipe, Li Qiang, Rick Perry steel tube

TORONTO — Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corp. (TPCO) has broken ground on its more than $1-billion seamless steel pipe mill in Gregory, Texas.

The mill will represent the single-largest investment by a Chinese company in a U.S. manufacturing facility, according to the Tianjin, China-based steelmaker, parent company of TPCO America.

TPCO also noted that the mill will allow it to make product sporting a new label: "Made in the USA."

The Gregory plant, which has an electric furnace, is expected to have a seamless steel pipe capacity of 500,000 tonnes per year, according to an announcement dated Friday, the day of the ceremony.

The mill will make tubulars—including line pipe, drill pipe and oil country tubular goods (OCTG)—in the 4- to 10¾-inch-diameter range, depending on product, according to TPCO America’s Web site. OCTG grades include K55, N80, L80, P110, HCP110 and Q125, and line pipe grades run up to X70, the site said.....

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