Tenaris has reactivated its plant in Baytown, TX, bringing additional threading and heat treatment capacity to its US network to support the company’s increased domestic production.
Tenaris started to prepare the mill for the restart in March, hiring, training, installing new equipment and performing commissioning work as well as testing systems and processes. The plant will be heat treating and finishing production from Tenaris’s Bay City, TX, seamless mill which is nearing full capacity.
“Demand for OCTG has been rising amid an improving market and we have been steadily raising our level of domestic production and expanding our team to best respond to our customers as they scale up their drilling operations,” said Luca Zanotti, Tenaris US President.
With Tenaris’s direct supply model, Rig Direct®, the company has greater visibility of customer drilling needs, aligning its pipe production and service delivery, when and as needed.
The restart of Baytown is the latest in a series of facility restarts and production increases across Tenaris operations in the south and northeast since March of this year, including production of steel at its first US melt shop in Koppel, PA, following a year-long investment of more than $15M; the reopening of its Ambridge, PA, seamless pipe mill; and the increase of industrial activity at its operations in Conroe, TX; its McCarty facility in Houston, TX, and its mill in Hickman, AR.
“Our continued investments in the domestic market, through the pandemic and the sector crisis, have helped strongly position Tenaris for the upswing in the market to responsibly and sustainably develop the nation’s energy resources,” added Zanotti.
Tenaris has been growing its employee base in the States, incorporating approximately 1,200 employees with plans for additional hires into 2022.