These 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. …
Oil 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 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.
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. …
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:
Here 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.
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.
Because 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.
Piping products used in the petroleum industry are referred to as Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG). These are divided into three different categories: Drill pipe, Casing Pipe and Tubing. Let’s take a deeper look into each of these:
St. Louis Pipe and Supply is a leading supplier of any and all types of pipes, no matter the application, including Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG). As a leading OCTG tube distributor and OCTG pipe sales company, we supply seamless casing, tubing and drill pipes used for on-shore and off-shore oil and gas exploration, drilling and extraction, and other pipes and connectors.
If you are looking for an OCTG tube distributor, here are some of the casings and tubes we regularly supply: …
Rick Gordon, president of consulting firm Gordon Energy Solutions, advises steel tube makers planning to sell OCTG to shale gas producers to watch the product mix and shale play development. “Shale plays all share some common characteristics that drive demand for your product…However, every play is unique in very fundamental ways.” Gordon informed attendees Monday at Steel Business Briefing’s Shale Play Tubulars 2011 conference in Pittsburgh. …