New OMK Pipe Mill Becomes Operational in Nizhniy Novgorod Region

The United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) has made operational a new electrically resistance-welded pipe mill (ERW Shop 1) at Vyksa Steel Works (AO VSW, Nizhniy Novgorod Region, an OMK subsidiary)..

The amount invested by OMK in the construction of the facility is RUB 20 billion. The facility is expected to ramp up to its design capacity in 2022.

It will manufacture electrically resistance-welded casing sized from 114 to 426 mm with premium and semi-premium connections, tubing sized between 60 and 114 m, and line pipe sized between 76 and 168 mm. With the facility running, the OMK product portfolio will expand to include tubing, large-diameter casing, and others.

ERW Shop 1 is equipped with the most advanced production lines from leading international and domestic manufacturers. These include an FFX resistance welding flex forming mill from Nakata/Mitsubishi Co. (Japan) with a capacity of up to 165,000 tons a year with the relevant finishing and heat treatment lines from Danieli (Italy) to make casing, tubing, and line pipe and a pipe finishing center from Nakata (Japan) with a capacity of up to 120,000 tons a year. Triple quality control will be assured by a high-capacity line from Ultrakraft (Russia).

The new facility will be using the country's first tracking system capable of tracking every individual pipe. It guarantees high quality for every joint at all phases of production and meets the customers' strictest requirements.

The facility commissioning ceremony was held on July 17 on the eve of the professional metallurgist holiday. It was attended by Russia's First Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Sergey Tsyb, Nizhniy Novgorod Regional Governor Gleb Nikitin, and Chairman of the OMK Board of Directors Anatoly Sedykh.

"The state-of-the-art high-tech production facility for casing, tubing, and line pipe will help meet the growing demand from the Russian oil and gas sector. This facility will manufacture electrically resistance-welded casing sized from 114 to 426 mm with premium and semi-premium connections, tubing sized between 60 and 114 m, and line pipe sized between 76 and 168 mm", emphasized Sergey Tsyb.

Sergey Tsyb also delivered a greeting to the metallurgical sector from Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov.

"You feel proud bring in this facility. It is an important symbol that industry is moving forward come what may. A number of industries in the region are having problems because of the pandemic but the metal sector is demonstrating good growth. The most important thing for us is that the project has created some 1,000 jobs. This means that not just VSW but the entire town of Vyksa will continue and grow. Working conditions at VSW are good, people are paid a decent wage, respected, and appreciated.  Three hundred thousand tons of production is a lot. This will turn into taxes paid and greater stability in the region's labor markets. This project also speaks loudly of the fact that the Nizhniy Novgorod Region is a good place to invest", noted Gleb Nikitin.

"We continue building plants, creating jobs, implementing projects of importance for the sector and the country. This new facility will help us add to our product line, improve our integrated offering to customers, and meet the oil and gas companies' growing demand for quality tubular solutions without bringing in more exports", stated Anatoly Sedykh at the facility inauguration ceremony.