SÃO PAULO Tube producer Tenaris SA expects to begin pipe production soon at its first oil country tubular goods (OCTG) plant in Ecuador.
The plant, a threading facility that will finish casing and tubing in a wide range of sizes, is expected to be fully operational in late 2013, a Tenaris spokeswoman told AMM sister publication Steel First. "The plant is currently undergoing calibration and final adjustments," she said.
The 35,000-tonne-per-year plant will finish pipe mainly sourced from Tenaris Siderca, the companys subsidiary in Argentina, but also from Tenaris Tamsa in Mexico. Output will be destined for the Ecuadorian energy industry.
The $15-million plant, announced late last year, is Tenaris most important investment in Ecuador (amm.com, Dec. 14, 2012). It previously had only a commercial office and service centers in the Latin American nation.
"This new investment will encourage the industrial integration of the national market by adding value with high-quality OCTG products," Tenaris said.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.