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TPCO pushes back start of Texas operations

Keywords: Tags  TPCO, seamless, Gregory, finishing, threading, Thorsten Schier


NEW YORK — China’s TPCO America Corp. expects to start the finishing and threading operations at its new mill in Gregory, Texas, "later this year," a slight push back from earlier plans to start up in early summer ( amm.com, Nov. 21).

"Construction projects in south Texas often get delayed," a company spokesman said of the adjusted timeline.

The company broke ground on the $1-billion seamless pipe facility, with expected annual capacity of 500,000 tonnes of line pipe, drill pipe and oil country tubular goods (OCTG), in August 2011 ( amm.com, Aug. 31, 2011). The first phase of construction will be followed by a rolling mill and electric-arc furnace ( amm.com, March 9).

TPCO America, a subsidiary of China’s largest seamless pipe producer, Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corp. (TPCO), selected the Gregory site for the pipe mill in July 2008.


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