Tenaris breaks ground on new U.S. seamless pipe mill in Bay City, Texas
HOUSTON -- Tenaris has broken ground on its first U.S. seamless pipe mill, which will be constructed near Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas. With an estimated investment of $1.5 billion, the new facility — named TenarisBayCity — will have an annual production capacity of 600,000 t of high-quality seamless pipe. The location of the mill was previously announced on Feb. 15.
Tenaris recently completed the purchase of the site, which is located west of Bay City, Texas, on State Highway 35, and has obtained all necessary permits and approvals to begin construction by late September 2013. Construction is expected to last approximately 30 months. The facility is expected to be fully operational by mid-2016.
Joining Tenaris’s North American President Germán Curá to break ground at the site was a group of local and state officials, including Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald and Texas State Representative Dennis Bonnen.
An analysis of the economic impact of Tenaris in Matagorda County concluded that the company will have a large economic influence on the area during construction. During the construction phase, the facility will create more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs. TenarisBayCity will ultimately create approximately 600 direct jobs, when fully operational, and offer sustainable economic impact to Matagorda County, as well as the surrounding areas.
The facility is being designed according to the most stringent environmental and safety standards, with the implementation of control technologies that will reduce its emissions footprint, and exceed state and federal regulations. Tenaris announced on July 16 that it had received the necessary air permit for the facility from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).