TMK ships pipes for underline pipelines in North Caspian

October 8, 2013. Pipe Metallurgical Company (TMK), one of the world’s leading OCTG producers, shipped a number of pipes meant for the construction of underwater pipelines in Vladimir Filanovsky oil and natural gas deposit in the northern part of the Caspian Sea that is currently being developed by LUKOIL, TMK press service reports.

In 2012, TMK signed a number of contracts for the delivery of OCTG with the companies that are involved in the building of oil and gas pipelines for the Northern Caspian Project: Malaysia’s Bumi Armada Caspian (interfiled underwater pipelines) and Italy’s SAIPEM S.p.A. (underwater pipelines to connect the deposit with the on-shore infrastructure in Kalmykia).

All in all, 70,300,000 kg of pipes with three-layer polyethylene outer coating have been delivered onto the deposit since July 2012, including 10,800,000 kg of weldless pipes with the diameter from 114.3mm to 406.4mm made at Volzhsky Pipe Plant (VTZ) and Taganrog Metallurgical Plant (TAGMET) and 59,500,000 tons of welded pipes with the diameter ranging from 559mm to 711mm and wall width of up to 25.4mm made at VTZ from X65 steel.

Under the terms of the project, all the pipes were made under the control of the Russian Maritime Traffic Register (RMRS) at all production stages from steel smelting to shipping the ready-made goods. Prior to the start of the shipping operations, the pipes were subject to a certification procedure that confirmed the goods and their production technology met the RMRS requirements for underwater pipelines. Following the certification procedure, VTZ and TAGMET were declared bona fide underwater pipeline manufacturers by RMRS.

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