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