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.
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,"
A version of this article was first published by AMM
sister publication Steel First.