TPCO America Corp. recently had a successful partial hot commissioning of its heat-treatment operation in Texas. TPCO America is a subsidiary of China’s Tianjin Pipe (Group) Corp., which has invested approximately $1 billion in the project since 2007. The seamless steel pipe manufacturing facility sits on a 253-acre site east of Gregory, Texas. When fully operational, the plant will produce around 500,000 metric tons of 4- to 10.75-inch seamless steel pipe per year for use in the energy industry. Using an electric-arc furnace to convert recycled scrap steel and pig iron, the facility will utilize the best available control technology and cutting-edge processes to reduce emissions, conserve energy and decrease environmental impacts.