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ArcelorMittal supplies TAP with hot rolled coils

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World Pipelines,

ArcelorMittal is supplying over 75 000 t of hot rolled coils (HRC) for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). TAP, the construction of which will begin mid 2016, is the final European leg of the 3500 km Southern Gas Corridor and will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea to Europe, improving Europe’s energy security. The steel coils for the project are being produced at ArcelorMittal Bremen (Germany) and then shipped to the group’s partner Corinth Pipeworks in Greece, where the pipes are being produced. Deliveries of the HRC began in late 2015 and will continue until the first quarter of 2017.

ArcelorMittal Bremen was selected to produce the HRC because of the mill’s longstanding experience in pipeline steels. In 2011, ArcelorMittal Bremen installed the world’s largest heavy duty crop shears on its hot rolling mill, enabling the site to produce heavy wall and super heavy wall pipeline steels which meet the most stringent requirements. The pipes used on the TAP lines have wall thicknesses of 18 mm and must pass strict mechanical testing requirements and dimensional tolerances. The steel used is an X70, high end grade for pipeline applications. All the steel and the majority of the pipes will be produced in Europe.

"We have provided steels for the global oil and gas pipeline industry for more than 30 years. ArcelorMittal has a proven track record in this field, ensuring proximity to the customer and continuous technical support - in combination with the high quality products provided by our mill in Bremen. ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products is proud to be a part of this vital strategic project, which is creating value for local communities as well as securing Europe’s future energy supply," said Stéphane Tondo, Chief Marketing Officer, in charge of packaging and oil and gas at ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products.

Edited from source by Stephanie Roker

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