NEW YORK United Metallurgical Co. (OMK) is officially opening its new $100-million oil country tubular goods (OCTG) electric-resistance weld (ERW) mill in Houston Feb. 26.
The facility, built in a record nine months, will be able to produce about 200,000 tons of OCTG from 2 3/8-inch to 7-inch outer-diameter (OD) and up to 0.500-inch wall thickness annually, according to the company.
The new plant, which produced its first pipe in December, is expected to reach full capacity by July, according to the statement. It will supply Tubular Solutions Inc., a nearby OCTG end-finishing plant the company purchased in late 2011 (amm.com, March 2)
OMK chose the site in Texas due to its proximity to energy industry players. A lot of main oil and gas companies have headquarters here, and almost half of all rigs in the U.S. are located in Texas, the company said. The facility, which has rail access and is located about three miles from Tubular Solutions, will source hot-rolled coil from local producers, according to the statement.
Moscow-based OMK, Russias second-largest pipe producer, has been supplying casing and line pipe to the U.S. market since 2004.