Alcoa Wins Contract to Supply Pipe for Marcellus Shale
Alcoa’s innovative drill pipe is a tapered, high-strength, aluminum-alloy tube coupled with proprietary thermal-connection technology that allows steel tool joints to attach to the aluminum pipe’s body. This feature optimizes the pipe’s strength-to-weight ratio and gives it the capability to be used with steel pipe. Alcoa’s pipe design and unique aluminum construction make it up to 50% lighter than steel pipe, yet it maintains the durability and strength of steel. The Alcoa pipe significantly increases a rig’s operating efficiency while allowing for deeper drilling.