Pipe price not only factor when buying: end-user

Feb 05, 2013 | 02:22 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Jeff Farmer, Atwood Oceanics, Perry Roberts, Energy Transfer Partners, Brandon Middleton, Noble Energy, AMM tube and pipe conference, Michael Cowden

HOUSTON — Price is a big consideration in procuring pipe, but it’s hardly the only one, according to some end-users.

Pipe and tube consumers in the energy sector also look at a host of other factors—mill quality, service, reliability and innovation—when choosing a supplier, all issues that might trump price when it comes to deciding from whom to procure pipe.

The metallurgy of pipe and the ability of a supplier to trace it also might be a key factor when it comes to choosing a pipe supplier, according to Perry Roberts, senior director of procurement at Dallas-based energy transmission company Energy Transfer Partners LP. ....

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