Liberty Steel Hartlepool awarded a contract by Aramco
09 September 2019
Liberty Steel Hartlepool, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, has secured a milestone contract to manufacture more than 16 km of heavy-duty steel pipe for a multi-billion-dollar offshore Saudi Arabian oil and gas development.
The order to supply SAWL Linepipe for an expansion of the Saudi Aramco Marjan field is the first major contract the Hartlepool mills have won from the Middle Eastern Kingdom since being acquired by Liberty almost two years ago.
Since then the plant has fulfilled major orders from the North Sea oil and gas producers and a range of American customers but the latest contract represents a breakthrough in efforts to establish a presence in the world’s largest oil and gas producing region.
Saudi Aramco and Liberty are hopeful the prestigious Marjan contract will lead to further opportunities in Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region. Saudi Aramco is planning to boost the Marjan and Berri fields’ production capacity by 550 000 bpd of crude oil and 2.5 billion standard ft3/d of gas.
Liberty in conjunction with Sumitomo Corporation Middle East FZE will supply the Marjan project with more than 16 km of Submerged Arc Welded Linepipe (SAWL) from its 42 in. UOE mill, one of two mills it operates at Hartlepool. The offshore line pipe, suitable for highly-resilient ‘sour service’ application, is due for delivery in the final quarter of 2019.
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