NEW YORK Royal
Dutch Shell Plc has approved some products made by
Ukraines Interpipe Group, the Dutch company said Aug.
"Once relevant product
lines are approved, Interpipe will be able to bid for supply
tenders for Shell," Robin Naughton, well engineering team lead
for Shell, said in a statement.
shipments of casing and tubing have been sent to the United
States for inspection after The Hague, Netherlands-based Shell
conducted a successful audit of Interpipes NTRP and
Interpipe Nikotube pipe rolling mills, according to the
billet production has been approved for rolling casing and
tubing, while the companys NMPP mill has been approved to
make a limited range of line pipe.
Ukraine-based pipemaker also has been approved to thread
American Petroleum Institute (API) connections for Shell, and
the companies are working on new premium connections.
The approvals come just over a month after Ukraine was named
in an anti-dumping case filed by U.S. manufacturers against
foreign producers of oil country tubular goods (
amm.com, July 2).