Vallourec SA held the official opening of its new
small-diameter oil country tubular goods (OCTG) mill in
Youngtown, Ohio, June 12.
"With this new pipe
mill, we are able to participate even more actively in the
development of shale hydrocarbons in North America with an
offer that responds to all of our customers needs,"
chairman Philippe Crouzet said in a statement.
The mill, which
started up last November, cost $1.05 billion and has an initial
production capacity of 350,000 tonnes annually, Vallourec said.
The mill specializes in 2⅜- to 7-inch diameter tubes.
output of about 200,000 tonnes this year (
amm.com, Feb. 21)
"The large number of
wells and the use of horizontal drilling techniques required in
shale hydrocarbon production have increased demand for
small-diameter tubes and premium connections," Vallourec
The project was
significantly over budget and delayed, with Vallourec
previously estimating the cost at $650 million with start-up as
early as last summer (
amm.com, May 10, 2012).
Boulogne-Billancourt, France-based pipe and tube makers
Youngstown operations were recently rebranded as Vallourec Star
amm.com, May 29).