The state-of-the-art production equipment at the facility will thread a full range of ULTRA Premium connections, from 4 1/2 inches to 13 3/8 inches. In addition, the site will offer a full line of accessories, services and repairs. The facility is expected to begin operating in late 2012.
“This is a very exciting initiative for TMK IPSCO,” said Piotr Galitzine, chairman of TMK IPSCO. “This new facility will keep our company at the forefront of technology, expand our local presence, and enable us to better serve our very important Canadian oil and gas customers.”
TMK IPSCO has been operating in Canada since 2011, with a sales office located in Calgary, devoted to sales of oil country tubular goods (OCTG). As the Canadian market continues to shift towards unconventional gas and oil resources, proven premium connections will be in higher demand. To meet this growing demand, the new TMK IPSCO facility in Edmonton is situated in close proximity to unconventional resources like the Horn River, Montney and Duvernay Shales. Served by rail and located just north of Sherwood Park, the site will enable TMK IPSCO to provide quicker response times on drilling and completion tools.
“This new facility is a testament to our company’s innovation, growth, and commitment to our customers,” said Vicki Avril, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “We will be bringing to Canada high-tech products, improved, localized services and new jobs.”
TMK IPSCO operates in North America as a division of TMK, a global market leader in energy pipe production. TMK operates 24 production facilities around the world. TMK product offerings include a wide range of seamless and welded energy tubular products including oil & gas drill pipe, well casing and tubing, line pipe, LD pipe, standard pipe, hollow structural sections and related services. TMK also manufactures premium connections for oil and natural gas drilling and production under the ULTRATM Premium Connections and TMK Premium brand names.