Tenaris will open its sucker rods manufacturing facility in Conroe, Texas, in July, offering customers sucker rods and accessories, produced domestically, further streamlining the US supply chain.
The company will start preparing the mill in March, training plant employees, activating mill systems and equipment to ensure a safe startup for operations and in line with the company’s integrated principles for quality, health, safety and the environment.
“With this investment, we are better positioned to serve our customers in the US shales in their artificial lift operations, offering a wide range of locally produced products, and with the support of our new service center in Midland, we also have the flexibility to respond quickly and efficiently,” Luca Zanotti, Tenaris President, USA, said.
The $70 million investment is equipped with advanced technologies to optimize efficiencies and reduce production times. The facility includes non-destructive testing (NDT), a quality testing lab, robotized forging lines, heat treatment, as well as threading and finishing processes. The rods mill also has an on-site training facility and classroom.
The new sucker rods mill has the capability to manufacture BlueRod premium sucker rods and X- Torque rods, as well as the entire range of API sucker rods for beam and progressive cavity pumping.
Sucker rods produced at the facility will be sent to customer sites or stored at the company’s new service center for sucker rods in Midland, which was inaugurated in December. The facility handles the storage, preparation and delivery of rods products and services, and includes an industrial building with equipment to perform the injection of a wide range of guides onto the rods.
Tenaris completed construction of the facility in 2017 but postponed its opening due to the prolonged market downturn.
“Tenaris will continue its leading role in the manufacture of sucker rods and accessories with a global annual production capacity of 4.5 million units with plants in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Romania and now the US,” Alejandro Levrino, Tenaris Vice President, Sucker Rods, said.
The company has 50 years of experience in the manufacture of products for artificial lift systems and the new mill extends its global reach.