NEW YORK Prolamsa Group will build a 300,000-ton-per-year welded energy tubulars mill in Bryan, Texas.
The $120-million facility will produce electric-resistant weld (ERW) energy tubulars up to 16 inches in diameter with wall thicknesses up to 0.625 inch, the company said.
AMM reported in mid-April that the company was considering Bryan for the mill (amm.com, April 15
). Construction will begin in the coming weeks and plant commissioning is expected during the second quarter of 2014, with production to follow in the middle of the year. The plant will receive and ship by both truck and rail.
The 183-acre facility, which will operate under the name Axis Pipe & Tube Inc., is expected to meet the growing demand of the U.S. oil and natural gas industries, the Escobedo, Mexico-based company said.
Bryan was chosen due to its business-friendly environment, the adequate supply of skilled labor nearby and its proximity to a large and growing base of customers for the plants products, the company said, adding that Prolamsa has been granted approvals for certain economic incentives and is in the process of processing and finalizing others, which played a critical role throughout the site selection process.
Turkish pipemaker Borusan Mannesmann and Luxembourg-based Tenaris SA also recently announced plans to build energy tubular mills in Texas, while TPCO America Corp., a unit of Tianjin, China-based Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corp., is already in the process of constructing an energy tubular mill in the state.