NEW YORK Tenaris SA has broken ground on TenarisBayCity, its $1.5-billion, 600,000-tonne-per-year seamless oil country tubular goods (OCTG) mill near Bay City, Texas.
"The mill will be the first of its kind for Tenaris in the United States and will help us strengthen our domestic production while addressing our customers growing needs," Tenaris North American president Germán Curá said in a statement.
Construction is expected to begin late this month and take about 30 months, with full operation expected in mid-2016, according to the Luxembourg-based pipe and tube maker, which recently completed the purchase of the mill site west of Bay City on state Highway 35.
The facility is expected to create about 2,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and will employ about 600 people when operational, the company said.
It is being designed according to the "most stringent environmental and safety standards," with emission levels expected to exceed federal and state regulations, Tenaris said.
The facility recently received its air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (amm.com, July 22).