Welspun Gujarat Stahl Rohren Ltd, the second largest line pipe company in the world, has commissioned its state-of-art pipe mill at Little Rock in Arkansas, US.
The $150 million facility spreading across 740 acres, has received API certification. The new pipe mill, with a capacity to produce 300,000 tonnes of HSAW pipes, will employ more than 250 people.
The facility can produce pipes from 24 to 60 inches as outer diameter; 6 mm to 25 mm as wall thickness. It also has coating and double jointing capabilities which were commissioned earlier and now provides a 'one stop solution' for customers.
With fresh orders to the tune of Rs500 crore, the company's order book now stands at Rs9,300 crore (including plates and pipes), the company said in a release.
The company's plate mill at Anjar has taken a shutdown of 45 days to set up a coil mill. The 1.5 million tonne state-of-art Stackel mill is part of the backward integration project of WGSRL and will improve the company's internal flexibility to produce high grade coils in-house, the company said.
WGSRL is part of the $3 billion Welspun Group. The company has supplied pipes for some of the most prestigious projects, including the world's deepest pipeline project in the Gulf of Mexico, in the US. Welspun has state-of-the-art plants in Dahej and Anjar in Gujarat.