SMS group received an order from TMK subsidiary Seversky Tube Works for a heat-treatment line for tubes and pipes. The company’s plant in Polevskoy, Russia, produces seamless and welded pipe and tube mainly for oil and gas. The line, which is scheduled to commence operation in the first quarter of 2018, has a design capacity of 265,000 tons of heat-treated product per year. Its main components include an austenitizing furnace with walking-beam transport system, a walking-beam tempering furnace and a cooling bed. SMS will also supply a complete water treatment system. The line can perform processes such as normalizing, quenching and tempering.

The line will be able to heat treat tubes and pipes with wall thicknesses of up to 40 millimeters and will also be able to process small batch sizes and different product groups. Recuperative burners with low NOx emissions will be installed in the new line in an effort to save fuel. With the installation of this line, TMK will strengthen its presence in the Russian market for tube and pipe products for oil and gas exploration.