More than 75 per cent of the 800 km of high-grade steel pipe required for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project will be manufactured at Evraz North America’s Regina facility in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The approximately CA$7.4 billion (US$5.7 billion) expansion will increase the capacity of the original 1,150 km Trans Mountain Pipeline – which runs between Strathona County, Alberta, and Burnaby, British Columbia – from 300,000 bbl/d to 890,000 bbl/d.
Trans Mountain recently interviewed Evraz North America Vice President of Investor Relations and Strategy Christian Messmacher about the Regina manufacturing facility which has been operating since 1956.
It employs more than 1,000 people in the city and produces steel plate and coil, small and large diameter pipe, and oil and gas well tubing for the energy sector.
It is currently the only vertically integrated producer of large diameter steel pipe in North America, predominantly using recycled material to produce its steel.
In Regina, Evraz further reduces its environmental footprint by using an electric arc furnace (EAF) to process post-consumer waste into steel; this process produces 80 per cent less CO2 emissions than blast furnace processing and the energy used per tonne is almost 64 per cent lower.
In 2015, a CA$220 million (US$170.5 million) project began at the facility to upgrade the steelmaking and rolling mills, as well as installing a large diameter pipe mill capable of producing larger and thicker-walled pipes.
It currently has the capacity to produce almost 500,000 t of large diameter pipe per year.
“Every pipeline has a different combination of outside diameter and wall thickness but to give an idea, during 2016 these mills operated at close to 60 per cent capacity and produced approximately 3,100 km of pipe,” said Mr Messmacher.
For more information visit the Trans Mountain website.
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