NEW YORK TMK Ipsco has opened a new pipe threading and service facility in Edmonton, Alberta, to supply premium connections to Canadian customers.
"Previous Canadian orders for Ultra connections all had to be threaded in the U.S. and trucked to customers yards in Edmonton," senior vice president and chief commercial officer Scott Barnes said in a statement. "This facility allows for complete flexibility in the operating size range for quick response to our Canadian customers needs."
The facility is capable of threading sizes from 4½ to 13⅜ inches and has successfully threaded the companys Ultra DQX, QX, FJ and SF premium connections, the company said.
Downers Grove, Ill.-based TMK Ipsco, a subsidiary of Russias OAO TMK, started construction on the facility in March 2012. The new plant is part of the companys plan to meet growing demand from the drilling of unconventional gas and oil resources in the nearby Horn River, Montney and Duvernay shales, it said.
A company spokesman declined to comment on the cost of the facility but noted that the company last year committed to invest $45 million in new threading capacity.