Vallourec Sees South Africa As Regional Hub For Oil and Gas
South Africa, with an infinitesimal amount of oil and gas to its name, is the choice of Vallourec as the hub for the Subsaharan business.
Vallourec is a well known tubular solutions provider. It established its sales office in Johannesburg,South Africa in June 2015, “to be geographically closer to key African markets, especially South Africa and Mozambique”, and to strengthen the Group’s presence for its customers and prospective clients (local operators, distributors and industry players).
“South Africa has become a major business hub for numerous oil and gas operators established in the sub-Saharan region. Vallourec intends to become a key partner for these players by offering them high value-added tubular solutions for all their oil and gas-related requirements”.
Vallourec,had participated in complex projects in Africa such as Kaombo and CLOV in Angola, Egina in Nigeria, Tullow in Ghana, and Moho Nord in Congo, before it made the decision to establish a sales office in South Africa. Since opening the Johannesburg office however, the company has received strong interest from the market and has secured several orders, including, for OCTG in Mozambique for onshore wells,OCTG in South Africa for a future offshore exploration project, Drill pipes in the sub-Saharan zone to equip offshore and onshore drilling platforms and Line pipes and fittings supplied to South African distributors and suppliers, which are key clients and partners for Vallourec’s growth in South Africa.
The company says it is capable of contributing to the most ambitious onshore and offshore projects, whether by supplying drilling products, Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) or solutions for line pipes. For the South African market, Vallourec proposes a range of products and services for the onshore segment, notably for onshore line pipe and hydrocarbon processing projects.
“Vallourec has historically supplied the South African market via its European and Brazilian mills and more recently via its partnership with Seongwha in South Korea. Following the total acquisition of Tianda, a Chinese manufacturer of seamless steel tubes, Vallourec will soon be able to offer deliveries from this new competitive hub to complete its premium offer while respecting the highest safety and quality standards”.