Mexicos Prolamsa Group has broken ground on its new
energy tubulars mill, Axis Pipe &Tube Inc., in Bryan,
Texas, the company said Aug. 22.
300,000-ton-per-year facility is now expected to cost over $150
million, according to the company, up from previous estimates
of around $120 million (
amm.com, Apr. 30)
groundbreaking today, were on schedule to complete
construction on the major buildings by the end of the fourth
quarter and to begin operation in mid-2014," a company
spokesman said in a statement.
The mill will make
electric-resistant weld (ERW) energy tubulars measuring up to
16 inches in diameter with up to 0.625-inch wall thicknesses in
a "wide range" of API grades.
The plant will also be
equipped with a slitting line, mill, finishing floor and
Axis Pipe and Tube is
joining with Tubular Synergy Group (TSG), an Addison,
Texas-based sales, marketing and supply chain services provider
of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and line pipe, to manage
sales from the new facility, according to the statement.
The plant is expected to employ over 285 people at full