With global energy demands ever-increasing the industry is turning its attention to deeper and more challenging environments. Tata Steel products will continue to play a vital part in oil and gas majors’ penetration of reserves, with its solutions supporting in extraction and distribution offshore, meeting even the most demanding of offshore line pipe requirements.
Tata Steel recently completed a £100 million ($150 million) project to provide pipe for the Discovery Producer Services L.L.C. (Discovery) gas pipeline in Keathley Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. Discovery is a 60:40 joint venture between Williams Partners L.P. and DCP Midstream Partners L.P.
The company supplied Discovery’s Keathley Canyon ConnectorTM with 214 miles (345km) of 20-inch diameter submerged arc welded line pipe, weighing more than 110,000 metric tonnes, which was manufactured at the company’s 42-inch mill in Hartlepool, UK. The pipe was laid at water depths of up to 7,380 feet (2,250 metres) and is designed to meet the required specification for deep water conditions.
Tata Steel has an extensive track record in every stage of hydrocarbon recovery, from exploration and drilling, oil and gas production and transportation through to refining and processing.
The company has also more recently developed technologies for the broader energy sector, analysing the factors affecting the structural design of offshore wind turbine platforms and investing in new methods to support economical serial jacket production.
Under the banner of ‘Together we make the difference’ and backed by a global footprint and world-class manufacturing capabilities, Tata Steel will use ONS to highlight how it can help customers to succeed in their markets. By building partnerships, Tata Steel can create tangible benefits for customers, from enhanced product performance to improved processing efficiency.
Richard Broughton, commercial manager for Pipelines & Petrochemical at Tata Steel, said: “Tata Steel has a long-standing presence and significant expertise in the global energy sector, working together with our customers to deliver strong, reliable and innovative pipeline solutions for challenging and complex projects around the world.”
“At ONS Norway this year, we will be discussing our success in providing line pipe for deepwater conditions in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the UKCS and Russia as well as helping support in streamlining the renewable energy supply chain to minimise expenditure for developers.”
Tata Steel’s pipeline packages include double submerged arc welded (DSAW) line pipe, which is manufactured at the company’s 42-inch mill in Hartlepool. The package is equipped with the strongest edge crimping and ‘O’ press combination in the world and enables the manufacture of thicker wall DSAW pipes even in smaller diameters, ideal for withstanding the extreme collapse pressures in the deepest waters.
The company also produces high frequency induction (HFI) welded pipe for reel lay projects as well as project managing pipe-in-pipe solutions for high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) pipelines and risers, spools and bends.
Further to this, in the renewable sphere, Tata Steel is replacing the current practice used by steel manufacturers of supplying bundles of individual tubes, with complete point-to-point assemblies, enhancing fabricator throughput. The company is also providing painted assemblies, incorporating pre-prepared machined ends, enabling swift assembly and welding by fabricators.
For more information, visit the Tata Steel booth, Hall C, stand 3240, in Stavanger, Norway from 19-21 August 2013, or visit