NEW YORK Pipemaker Corinth Pipeworks SA has announced plans to build a large-diameter pipe mill that will produce 400,000 tons of longitudinal submerged-arc welded (LSAW) pipe annually.
Corinth is "expanding its product range in order to meet the growing global demand for high-strength offshore and onshore energy pipes," the Marousi, Greece-based company said in a statement.
Corinth already operates a high-frequency induction welded pipe mill and a helically submerged arc-welded (SAW) mill in Greece. It supplies pipe to the U.S. market through Houston-based subsidiary CPW America Co.
The mill, which will be commissioned in early 2015, will be able to make 18- to 56-inch diameter pipe in wall thicknesses up to 40 millimeters and lengths up to 18.3 meters, the company said. Grades will go up to X100.
Product from the mill will go to energy supply projects in the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean and the North Sea, as well as in Latin America and Africa, the company said.
The mill will be built in Greece using technology from Mönchengladbach, Germany-based SMS Meer GmbH.
The company did not return a request for comment on the cost for the mill or the tonnage it will likely ship into the U.S. market.