Russian steel producer Evraz Group plans to supply its North American pipe-producing mills with up to 400,000 metric tons/year of slabs produced at its Russia-based subsidiary Nizhny Tagil Iron and Steel Works (NTMK). NTMK has almost finished developing the manufacture of slabs for the oil and gas pipe-producing industry according to standards set by the American Petroleum Institute.

Evraz also plans to finish the reconstruction of NTMK’s rail-wheel production facility. NTMK is currently carrying out the second stage of the modernization program for the heat-treatment section at its plant, following which its capacities will increase from 416,000 to 580,000 wheels per year.