Vallourec dedicates new U.S. pipe mill in Ohio
YOUNGSTOWN -- Vallourec has dedicated a new pipe mill to serve, in particular, the North American market for production of shale hydrocarbons. Located in Youngstown, Ohio, within the existing Vallourec Star facility, the new unit further expands the range of Vallourec products manufactured in North America. With an initial annual production capacity of 350,000 t of small-diameter seamless tubes, the new mill represents an investment of $ 1.05 billion, and employs 350 people.
The mill delivered its first pipe in December 2012, and will ramp-up throughout 2013.
The company says it has seen increased demand for small-diameter alloyed tubes and premium connections, with the rise in the number of wells and the use of horizontal drilling techniques required for shale production.
With the new mill coming on stream, Vallourec's Youngstown site now offers the full range of products and services used in hydrocarbon production, particularly in shale developments. The integrated site includes a steel mill, a mill specializing in medium-diameter tubes (5 to 10 ¾ in.) and the new mill, which specializes in the manufacture of small-diameter tubes (2 3/8 to 7 in.).