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How to move 2,256 tons of line pipe from Italy to the Ecuadorian jungle in 56 days

Tenaris executes multimodal logistics to move 2,256 tons of line pipe from Italy to Ecuador for customer Petroamazonas

For customer Petroamazonas’ operations in eastern Ecuador, Tenaris moved 852 24-inch seamless pipes across oceans, through rivers and on land. The order, manufactured at Tenaris’s mill in Dalmine, Italy, will be used in a multiphase flow pipeline project in the largest oil reserve in the country.

Petroamazonas chose Tenaris for the supply of line pipe for the quality of its products and the company’s logistics solutions, guaranteeing delivery, in 40 weeks’ time, to the required location. "The best option for our customer was for the supplier to take care of the logistics of the product from the mill to the final destination, ensuring quality and punctual delivery times, a challenge that we at Tenaris could take on thanks to our experience," said Gustavo Martínez, Tenaris Managing Director for Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador.

Tenaris took those 40 weeks to produce and coat the line pipe while planning the shipments. The pipes were sent from Dalmine, Italy, to Houston, TX, and later shipped to Guayaquil, Ecuador, a journey that took 45 days and covered nearly 12,000 kilometers.

Once the line pipe arrived in Guayaquil, internal transport logistics were deployed, which consisted mainly of land transportation to Puerto Providencia. The pipes then went through the Napo River by barges loaded with four to six trucks each to the Tiputini Process Center.

“In this project, we were able to demonstrate the importance of purchasing directly from a producer like Tenaris, which has the technical capabilities and local services that are key to face the challenge of delivering directly to the destination, providing support to such an important project for national energy industry,” added Martínez.

The first group of pipes were dispatched and arrived in May with final delivery projected end of June.

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