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Vallourec to double connection testing capacity with expansion

BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France -- Vallourec has announced its decision to expand its VAM Connection Technology Center in Aulnoye-Aymeries, France, to double its testing capacity. The center currently employs 160 people, who develop VAM tubes and connections to meet the increasing complexity of drilling operations. Amounting to approximately $68.5 million, this investment will result in the creation of 95 jobs by 2016.

The project to expand the testing center in Aulnoye-Aymeries will occur in two stages. Preparation of receiving areas for the new test equipment in existing buildings at the site will begin in first-quarter 2014, and the first additional testing capacities should be operational by 2015.All VAM development and testing capabilities will then be transferred in 2017 to a new building, to be constructed near the existing center. The new, 9,000-sq-m testing facility will be divided into four zones: machining (mechanical metalworking), surface treatment, sample preparation and testing.

The Aulnoye-Aymeries center is one of Vallourec' s three VAM connection test centers, the other two being located in the U.S. and Indonesia. Vallourec plans the construction of a fourth VAM connection testing center in Brazil by 2015.



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