Liberty Steel’s Hartlepool facility has secured contracts to build more than 470km of pipe for offshore and onshore energy infrastructure projects.
The company announced that its Longitudinally Submerged Arc Welded Linepipe (LSAW) mill is currently servicing projects in the US and Caspian Sea regions despite the difficult market conditions being faced by the steel industry and specifically by the oil industry.
Production for the new orders has commenced with production fulfillment expected in 10-12 months, providing the strongest backlog of orders the business has experienced in over six years, according to a press release shared by the UK-based steelmaker.
Liberty had been tracking some of these projects for many years and persistence finally paid off, according to Martyn Curnow, commercial director at the mill.
Liberty acquired the 42in and 84in pipe mills at Hartlepool from Tata Steel in 2017. The mill makes heavy-duty steel pipe for the energy, power and construction industries and had approximately 140 employees at time of acquisition. Workforce has been adjusted to meet client schedules.