TORONTO TMK Ipsco broke
ground Wednesday on a new 69,000-square-foot facility at its
operations in Odessa, Texas.
The Downers Grove, Ill.-based
steel tube and pipe maker said the new facility would consist
of two main buildings dedicated to making its Ultra Premium
connections product line and would include both pipe
pre-processing and threading capabilities.
The new facility is expected to
be fully operational by the end of 2012 and create "several"
jobs for skilled labor, TMK Ipsco said.
"This improvement will enable us
to increase our capacity in an extremely busy market," TMK
Ipsco chairman Piotr Galitzine said in a statement Tuesday.
TMK Ipsco is part of
Moscow-based energy tubulars producer OAO TMK.
"Our investment in Odessa will
be more than $17 million," a company spokeswoman said in an
e-mail to AMM Wednesday.
Premium connections have become
increasingly important in demanding drilling environments such
as shale plays, where pipe is often subject to corrosive
environments and high pressure.
TMK Ipsco has said that it was
looking to expand threading capacity for its Ultra Premium
connections in a bid to increase its presence in the North
American shale play sector (AMM, Sept. 24, 2009).
The new facility streamlines
premium connection operations, which are currently spread out
over a host of sites and buildings, TMK Ipsco said. The move
should also boost production capacity and shorten response
The new construction will
include several improvements, among them better labs, laser
length-measuring systems and a bar code pipe-tracking system,
TMK Ipsco said. It is also expected to contain three pipe
threading lines and one tubing line.
Odessa will continue to service
material in diameters between 2⅜ inches and 13⅜
inches, TMK Ipsco said.