The search for oil and gas places increasing demands on the material: New, high-strength steel grades and new, gastight threaded connections are needed.
Wellbores are being drilled to ever-greater depths and the ambient conditions for Oil Country Tubular Goods are more and more aggressive. The Research and Development department at voestalpine Tubulars GmbH & Co KG is therefore working constantly on new high-strength and sour-gas-resistant steels that are also even more resistant to internal pressure. “This is a fine line. High-alloy steels are expensive, but industry demands cost-effective solutions – the future belongs to those who find the optimal balance,” said Robert Scott, Managing Director of voestalpine Tubular Corporation in Houston.
Innovation as a competitive advantage
In addition, researchers in Kindberg are developing new tube threads with even greater torque values and improved gas tightness, including a thread that requires no environmentally harmful thread compound. An automated thread measurement system is also currently in development. With innovations like these, the management of voestalpine Tubulars is securing the company’s technological advantage in the world market for the future as well, and staying that decisive step ahead.
The latest video from the voestalpine image and brand campaign focuses on Oil Country Tubular Goods, produced in Austria and installed in America. An ongoing blog series offers further insight and background information about the product, the areas of application and the market as well as about Robert Scott, the star of the campaign.