Steelmaking giant ArcelorMittal has delivered more than 75,000 tons of hot-rolled coils for the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
TAP, whose construction will begin mid-2016, is the latest European leg of the 3500km long Southern Gas Corridor and will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II oil field in the Caspian Sea to Europe, thereby increasing Europe's energy security.
The steel coils for the project were produced at ArcelorMittal Bremen and then transported to the consolidated partner Corinth Pipeworks in Greece, where the pipes are produced. The supply of hot-rolled coils started in late 2015 and will continue until the first quarter 2017th
Since 2011 ArcelorMittal Bremen has had the world's largest crop shear in its rolling mill and is thus able to produce extremely thick-walled pipeline steels that meet the most stringent construction requirements.
The tubes used for the TAP pipelines have wall thicknesses of 18 mm and must meet strict mechanical tolerances and testing requirements to meet. The steel used is X70 steel - a high-quality grade of steel for pipeline applications.
"We have established for more than 30 years of steel for the oil and gas pipeline industry worldwide. ArcelorMittal has to show in this field a strong track record, being close to the customer and continuous technical support to guarantee - this in combination with the high quality products that provides our plant in Bremen. ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products is delighted to be part of this important strategic project, which represents an added value for the local population and alike Europe's future energy supply guarantees, "said Stéphane Tondo, Chief Marketing Officer, and ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products for packaging and oil and gas charge.
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