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Steel News April 16, 2021 04:45:55 PM

Tenaris Ramped Up Melt Shop and Seamless Pipe Mill Operations

Paul Ploumis
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The decision comes amidst increased demand for steel pipe and tube products, especially from energy industry.
Tenaris Ramped Up Melt Shop and Seamless Pipe Mill Operations

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The U.S. subsidiary of renowned steelmaker Tenaris announced its decision to restart melt shop and seamless pipe mill in Pennsylvania. The company plans to ramp up its operations across the U.S., which in turn will add nearly 1,000 employees to its workforce. The decision comes amidst increased demand for steel pipe and tube products, especially from energy industry.

Luca Zanotti, President, Tenaris US said that the company plans to take a cautious approach to tap the encouraging trends in the market in order to expand its footprints across the U.S. The main steps of action include restart of the Koppel melt shop and the Ambridge seamless pipe mill, both of which were idled in late-March last year, on account of weak market conditions driven by oil price crash.

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Tenaris plans to increase the planned investment at the Koppel, so as to include new cranes, in addition to the revamping of existing cranes and improved process control at the steel shop. It will invest approximately $15 million in the above projects. The works are expected to be completed by May this year, with production startup scheduled for June. Meantime, the seamless pipe mill is expected to come back online late summer.

The Pennsylvania mill restarts will lead to recalling or hiring of around 250 employees, said the company.