CHICAGO Construction of Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayi ve Ticaret AS oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and line pipe mill in Baytown, Texas, is ahead of schedule.
Buddy Brewer, chief executive officer of Houston-based Borusan Mannesmann Pipe US Inc., told AMM Sept. 6 that threading operations should be completed by late November or early December, with the pipe mill potentially running ahead of a planned April 2014 start up. Heat-treatment operations are officially slated to get under way in July 2014, "but we expect it to be well ahead of that," he said.
The $150-million, 300,000-ton-per-year facility had been expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2014 (amm.com, June 5).
The project is moving along thanks to an "outstanding performance" by employees and contractors as well as good weather, Brewer said. "Its been an extraordinarily quiet tropical storm season so far and a dry summer. Texas is still in drought conditions. Thats terrible for farmers and everyone else, but its great for construction."
The Baytown mill will produce OCTG in American Petroleum Institute (API) grades N80 through Q125, as well as in custom-engineered grades, and is expected to displace about 85 percent of Turkeys exports of the products to the United States (amm.com, July 30).
Istanbul, Turkey-based Borusan Mannesmann was eyeing Texas for the new mill months before Turkey was targeted in a broad trade petition filed by domestic producers against imported OCTG (amm.com, July 2).