A working meeting between Alexey Miller, CEO of Gazprom, and Andrey Komarov, CEO of Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant (ChelPipe), took place in St. Petersburg on January 29, 2018.
The parties reviewed issues related to the supplies of pipes produced by ChelPipe to the facilities of Gazprom. Attention was also paid to the prospects for manufacturing such innovative products as laser-welded pipes and joints.
In October 2016, Gazprom and ChelPipe signed the roadmap to set up the production of new-generation pipes. Pursuant to the document, ChelPipe will develop technologies for Gazprom’s needs to produce longitudinally welded large-diameter pipes (LDP) from conventional as well as high-strength Х80–Х120 steel and pipeline fittings, using laser welding.
This method in the LDP series production will be applied for the 1st time in the global practice.
The 1st batches of serially produced new-generation pipes up to 1,420 mm in diameter and made of steel in grades up to X80 are expected to be delivered to Gazprom in 2020–2021.