Tata Steel has set up almost a £2 million programme of investments at its 20” high frequency induction (HFI) pipe mill in Hartlepool, UK, to offer a new generation of higher strength offshore construction grades to the North Sea and the global oil and gas industry.
The company’s investment in Hartlepool is supported by a multi-million pound investment at its Port Talbot hot strip mill in Wales.
According to the company, the process investment in Port Talbot will offer enhanced low temperature toughness capabilities for HFI welded line pipe produced at the Hartlepool 20” mill, resulting in improved and uniform fracture toughness across the 20” mill’s product size range.
The investment programme for the Hartlepool 20” mill includes £1 million, for the installation of accelerated cooling equipment, which will increase the mill’s range of high-strength offerings for the structural requirements of the North Sea and the wider construction market.
Tata Steel has also committed £350,000 for further safety improvements in guarding, pipe handling and immobilisation control access in the finishing and despatch areas at the 20” mill. This follows a £400,000 investment earlier this year in the weld mill area and is in line with the 20” mill’s five-year improvement programme to enhance workplace safety and improve productivity.
As part of its ongoing investment in product quality at the 20” mill, the company has spent £400,000 to install automatic laser measurement to its hot structural finishing line and upgrades to the descaling process on the RHS (rectangular hollow section) furnace to improve product surface finish.
Barry Rust, Energy & Sustainability Manager, Tata Steel, said: “These important investments demonstrate Tata Steel’s continued commitment to health and safety and in improving and increasing our product range to the North Sea and the oil and gas industry around the world, to help it meet ever increasing challenges.
“We’ve been involved in some of the largest projects in the UK Continental Shelf over the last 20 years and look forward to supporting the North Sea and the international industry for many years to come.”