HARTLEPOOL, UK – Tata Steel plans nearly £2 million ($2.64 million) of investments at its 20-in. high frequency induction (HFI) pipe mill in Hartlepool, northeast England, to produce a higher strength offshore construction grade pipes.
In addition, the company has committed to a multi-million pound investment at its Port Talbot hot strip mill in South Wales to provide enhanced low temperature toughness capabilities for HFI welded line pipe produced at the Hartlepool 20-in. mill.
This, Tata claims, should lead to improved and uniform fracture toughness across the 20-in. mill’s product size range.
Half the outlay at Hartlepool will go on the installation of accelerated cooling equipment. The company and its R&D teams developed the Celsius accelerated cooling process following extensive laboratory and mill-based trials.
Tata Steel has also set aside £0.35 million ($0.46 million) for further safety improvements in guarding, pipe handling and immobilization control access in the finishing and despatch areas at the 20-in. mill.
Earlier the company sanctioned an £0.4-million ($0.53-million) investment in automatic laser measurement to its hot structural finishing line and upgrades to the descaling process on the rectangular hollow section furnace to improve product surface finish.