Brazil, Jeceaba (Province of Minas Gerais)01. Jan 2011

16” PQF® seamless tube plant for top quality standards

Franco-Japanese joint venture Vallourec & Sumitomo Tubos do Brasil (VSB) erected a massive plant with an annual capacity of 600,000 t in the Brazilian province of Minas Gerais. The continuous caster and ladle furnace come from SMS Concast; the PQF® seamless tube mill from SMS group.

The new plant enables VSB to produce high-quality oilfield tubulars suitable for installation at very low submarine depths. SMS group supplied all the key components of the rolling mill equipment:

  • Cone-type piercer
  • 6-stand PQF® mill
  • Extracting mill
  • Sizing mill
  • CARTA® technology system
  • Utilities systems and automation

Main data

Production process PQF® ACO-type
Capacity 600,000 t/year (240t/h)
Diameters produced 6 5/8" ‒ 16"
Wall thickness 6.3 ‒ 35.0 mm
Products Casings, tubings, line pipes, mechanicals
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