NEW YORK Royal Dutch Shell Plc has approved some products made by Ukraines Interpipe Group, the Dutch company said Aug. 13.
"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.
Qualification 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 statement.
Interpipe Steels 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.
The Dnepropetrovsk, 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).