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Liberty Steel Hartlepool wins pipe contract for project offshore Saudi Arabia

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GFG Alliance subsidiary Liberty Steel Hartlepool has won a contract to manufacture over 16km of heavy-duty steel pipe for an oil and gas development offshore Saudi Arabia.

The order for the multi-billion dollar project is to supply pipe for an expansion of Saudi Aramco’s Marjan field. It is the first major contract to be won by the Hartlepool mills from Saudi Arabia since being acquired by Liberty in 2017.

Saudi Aramco plans to increase production capacity at the Marjan and Berri fields by 550,000 barrels per day of crude oil and 2.5 billion standard cubic feet per day of gas.

Together with Sumitomo Corporation Middle East FZE (Sumitomo), Liberty will supply the Submerged Arc Welded Linepipe (SAWL) from one of the two mills it operates in Hartlepool in the UK. The pipe is due for delivery by the end of 2019.

“Our facility has a proven global track record of managing projects with stringent technical requirements,” said Martyn Curnow, commercial director at Liberty Steel Hartlepool. “The team, led by Steve Brooke in the UK and Saad Jakani in the United Arab Emirates, worked tirelessly with the client to ensure that the demanding specification was fully understood and delivered a robust technical proposal which we are sure was a key consideration in the evaluation and acceptance of our offer.

“It is extremely pleasing to re-establish the Hartlepool mill as a supplier in the region following a significant period of absence. This success is testament to the hard work and commitment shown by our employees in all areas of the business.”

Masaki Nakagaki, general manager of Tubular Products Unit at Sumitomo, added: “Sumitomo Corporation Middle East has a strong presence in Middle East for supply of Tubular products and this recent success is testimony of our efforts to contribute to growth of the oil & gas sector in the region with partners like Liberty Pipes Hartlepool.”

Sanjeev Gupta, executive chairman of the GFG Alliance, concluded: “We’re delighted to have secured this very important order. Given that we are operating in very tough market conditions, the award of this contract further underlines the quality of the work at Hartlepool and the team’s ability to meet the highest global standards.”