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Konecranes to supply equipment for TPCO mill

Keywords: Tags  TPCO, TPCO America, Bai Renzhao, Konecranes, cranes, mill equipment, new capacity, OCTG seamless

CHICAGO — Crane manufacturer Konecranes Plc says it has received an order to supply equipment for TPCO America Corp.’s new seamless pipe mill in South Texas, one of its largest-ever orders in the United States.

The order includes 24 cranes for TPCO’s planned melt shop, rolling mill and finishing mill. Crane delivery is expected to begin in October 2013, Konecranes said in a statement Tuesday.

The Finnish-based company did not disclose the value of the order.

The order includes seven custom-designed cranes for the melt shop: two hot metal ladle cranes, a tundish crane, two magnet scrap handling cranes and two magnet billet cranes, Konecranes said. It also includes 10 cranes with capacity ranging from 20 tons to 50 tons for the rolling mill. Those cranes will be responsible for pipe and billet handling as well as mill maintenance, Konecranes said.

In addition, three 25-ton pipe-handling cranes are slated for the finishing mill and two 30-ton gantry magnet cranes are planned to store finished pipe in the mill’s yard for loading onto rail cars, Konecranes said.

"Konecranes has a global reputation for excellent quality. Many of their clients in the United States are our clients as well," TPCO America senior representative Bai Renzhao said in a statement confirming the order.

TPCO broke ground on the $1-billion project near Corpus Christi in August 2011. The mill is expected to include an electric-arc furnace and have an annual capacity of 500,000 tonnes (, March 9).

TPCO—a subsidiary of Tianjin, China-based Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corp.—has said it is in the process of ordering equipment as it pushes ahead with the project (, July 30).

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