NLMK Group, a global steel company, with operations in Russia, the US and the EU, has shipped 5 million tons of slabs to Vyksa Iron and Steel Works (VSW, part of OMK Group).
NLMK Group and OMK created a unique process chain in Russia in 2012. NLMK manufactures slabs at it Lipetsk site from captive iron ore supplied by Stoilensky. VSW then processes these slabs into heavy plates at Mill 5000 and into large-diameter pipes at its Pipe Electric Welding Plant No. 4.
High quality of NLMK steel, coupled with Vyksa’s advanced production processes for plates and large-diameter pipes, ensures pipe production on par with global standards, as evidenced by OMK’s participation in international pipeline projects, including Power of Siberia, Bovanenkovo–Ukhta, Ukhta–Torzhok, Central Asia–China, and Zapolyarye–Purpe.
Ilya Gushin, NLMK VP for Sales, said: “As part of its contribution to strategic national projects, NLMK Group has already shipped 5 million tons of steel used in the production of high-quality large-diameter pipes to OMK. This new milestone in our partnership is a great example of productive win-win cooperation with consumers operating within a single process environment.”
Eduard Stepantsov, OMK Head of Commercial Department, said: “An integrated pipe production chain developed by OMK and NLMK enabled us to displace imports, and supply Russian energy companies with top-quality goods. Russian-made large-diameter pipes are used in the construction of large-scale international and Russian gas and oil pipelines. As a result, we have practically eliminated LDP imports.” (NLMK/Ukrainian metal)