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U.S. Oil Country Tubular Goods Producers Stand Up Against Dumping

June 25, 2014 in Industry Trends, OCTG by

 U.S. Oil Country Tubular Goods Producers Stand Up Against DumpingThese days, the talk of the gas and oil pipe industry is how to prevent domestic jobs from being lost to foreign imports.

Last July, some of the largest steel producers in the country brought a petition to the U.S. Commerce Department claiming that nine foreign countries were ‘dumping’ their oil field pipe goods into the U.S. Dumping occurs when foreign governments subsidize industries within their own countries, which allows companies to export their goods at a very low price, often under the cost of production. This allows them to undercut competitors in countries where their goods arrive.

In February 2014, the Commerce Department made a preliminary ruling requiring duties on imports from eight of those nine countries. However, South Korea, the biggest importer by far, was left off the list.

This omission has dismayed many in the oil country tubular goods industry. Steel plants in Pennsylvania and Texas have been idled in part because of the ruling. And more jobs are potentially at risk. 

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OCTG Products 101

January 15, 2014 in OCTG by

 OCTG Products 101Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) are piping products used in the petroleum industry. They can be divided into three separate classifications: tubing, casing pipe and drill pipe. Let’s take a minute to consider each of these OCTG product categories.

Tubing

Tubing is the OCTG pipe through which the oil and gas flow to the surface during drilling operations. Tubing often comes in sizes from 4 ½” to 1 ½” in diameter. It’s  frequently removed from a well during workover or completion operations. Tubing joints are typically 30ft long and have an attached external thread.

Casing Pipe

Petroleum drillers use casing to strengthen the structure of the drill hole. Once it’s placed in the well and cemented in place, it keeps the well from collapsing inward during the drill process. It literally ‘cases’ the hole–hence its name. Casing is available in a variety of different grades and with a range of different characteristics, often being categorized by its size, linear mass, thickness, diameter or finish. It typically has a diameter from 30’’ to 3 ½”, and is available in seamless and welded. 

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When OCTG Pipe Suppliers Used Bamboo-And Other Fun History Facts.

October 23, 2013 in Blog, OCTG, Pipe by

 When OCTG Pipe Suppliers Used Bamboo And Other Fun History Facts.As octg pipe suppliers, we can attest to the fact that oil extraction is an interesting, albeit complicated, process. From the dynamics of drilling deep into the earth (sometimes from the middle of the ocean!), to figuring out which pipe or octg casing will get the job done best, it’s kind of miraculous that it all gets done.

But not only is the current oil drilling process fascinating–it also has a long and interesting history. Here are some facts to consider:

  • Researchers think that the Chinese drilled the first oil wells around 347 CE. They reached depths of about 800 feet, which is impressive considering that they drilled with bits attached to bamboo poles! After the oil was extracted, it was burned to evaporate brine and produce salt. Fast forward to the 10th century and a system of bamboo pipelines connected oil wells with salt springs. Records from both ancient China and Japan display frequent references to the use of natural gas for heating and lighting. The Japanese called petroleum burning water.

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The Anti-Dumping Petition On Tubular Goods

August 14, 2013 in Industry Trends, OCTG by

 The Anti Dumping Petition On Tubular GoodsEarlier this month, U.S. OCTG tubular product manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) asking the commission to investigate potential dumping of tubular goods by a host of countries, including India, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam, India and Turkey.

Dumping is the practice of selling goods abroad at a price that’s either lower than what you sell it for domestically or lower than the cost of production. Dumping is often used as a strategy to drive competitors out of business, and has been considered detrimental to the companies in the countries in which the goods are being dumped into. Some see it as predatory trade practice, and many countries have laws against it.

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2 7/8″ EUE 8RD x 2″ XH NPT Conc Swage A105

June 25, 2013 in Blog, Jobs/Projects, OCTG by

Here are some pictures of a job we did for a customer in Dubai.

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OCTG Sales: Our Inventory of OCTG Products

March 06, 2013 in Blog, OCTG by

logistics OCTG Sales: Our Inventory of OCTG ProductsHere at St. Louis Pipe & Supply, we’re proud to be one of the leaders in worldwide OCTG sales.

Part of this success is due to our dedication to customer service. Another part is due to our attractive OCTG pipe pricing.

But perhaps the most important ingredient is the high quality of our products. Here’s a quick rundown of a few that we specialize in.

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The US Oil Boom and Increasing OCTG Sales

January 16, 2013 in Blog, News & Articles, OCTG by

 The US Oil Boom and Increasing OCTG SalesAs leaders in OCTG sales from OCTG tubular products to OCTG casings, we pay a lot of attention to the worldwide petroleum business.

It’s a volatile industry. Wars in the Middle East can instantly squelch supply. Discoveries of new oil deposits can suddenly shift the balance of power. Changing regulations and new technologies can immediately transform the outlook of the industry. It’s definitely a business you have to stay on top of.

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The Origin of What Flows Through OCTG Tubular Products

October 04, 2012 in News & Articles, OCTG by

 The Origin of What Flows Through OCTG Tubular ProductsFor today’s post, let’s take a step back from octg tubular products and octg pipe pricing  and ponder what actually flows through those pipes.

Everyone knows that oil comes out of the ground, that it’s the world’s fuel of choice and that it’s so valuable that it can cause conflict. But what exactly is it and where does it come from?

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An Overview of OCTG Piping Inspection Methods

August 22, 2012 in Blog, OCTG, Pipe by

octg1 An Overview of OCTG Piping Inspection MethodsBecause of the rising safety and environmental concerns that drilling poses, inspection of OCTG is more important than ever.

The inspection of OCTG systems is required for proof that the system meets the ever-changing API standards that OCTG suppliers must follow in production. In many cases, a third-party services provider will perform inspections. The company that provides the inspection may also offer services like refacing, cleaning, straightening, coating and water blasting to remedy problems that may be found in the OCTG system.

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OCTG Pipe Pricing & Overview

June 13, 2012 in Blog, Jobs/Projects, OCTG, Pipe, Pipes Valves and Fittings by

fitting OCTG Pipe Pricing & OverviewIn the petroleum industry, piping products are typically referred to as Oil Country Tubular Goods. OCTG pipe suppliers usually offer products like casings, tubings and drill pipe, but the term also includes line pipes and others used in the transportation of oil and gas.

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