IPSCO to Construct Tubular Heat-Treating Facility
IPSCO Inc. announced the construction of an oil country tubular goods (OCTG) heat-treat facility adjacent to its Blytheville, Ark., pipe mill. The new facility will produce heat treated OCTG in 2 3/8 inch through 5.5 inch diameters. Commercial production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2007. The cost of the facility is approximately $40 million.

The facility will increase IPSCO’s OCTG heat-treat capacity by an additional 100,000 tons annually. The company’s total tubular heat-treat capacity will increase to 575,000 tons annually.