A partnership between Japan’s Metal One and Energex Tube in the United States means that Energex is now licensed to apply Metal One’s proprietary GEOCONN and Supermax connections to their own tubing. This semi-premium threading is to be completed at Energex Tube’s existing facilities in the U.S. The resulting product will be for distribution into the North American OCTG market.
GEOCONN: a semi-premium connection in sizes 4 ½” – 20″, for casing applications, SAGD and geothermal wells.
Supermax: a tubing and casing connection in sizes 1.900″ – 4 ½”. It is cheaper than EUE tubing, and offers more clearance.
“The Metal One connections enhance the value of our products and provide tubing and casing connection solutions for our North American E&P customers. We are certainly excited about the opportunity to team up with a global company like Metal One and work together to better serve customers.”, Said Energex Tube president, Randy Boswell.
Sandy Williams of Steel Market Update writes:
Energex Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group and Japan-based Metal One Corporation will offer semi-premium connections for use in the North American oil and gas drilling market. The companies have signed a licensing agreement for Metal One’s proprietary GEOCONN and Supermax connections.
The connections will be threaded in U.S. facilities using pipe manufactured by Energex Tube. Couplings will be purchased from Metal One who has licensed manufacturers for GEOCONN and Supermax in the U.S. as well as other countries around the world.
“This agreement brings together two companies that are both focused on better servicing the OCTG market,” said Randy Boswell, president of Energex Tube.
GEOCONN is a semi-premium casing connection in sizes 4 ½” OD thru 20″ OD, for use in drilling with casing applications, SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage), as well as Geothermal wells.
Supermax is a tubing and casing connection in sizes 1.900″OD thru 4 ½” OD, for use as a lower cost tubing alternative to EUE with better clearance and improved work string capability.
Energex Tube is among those companies who recently filed OCTG anti-dumping suits against nine countries. Japan is not one of the countries cited in that suit.
When asked by SMU about any impact the OCTG suits might have on the Energex Tube and Metal One agreement, Boswell said, “I see the current trade action in the U.S. as having no impact on our ability to market and sell pipe with these connections in the North American market.”
“The Metal One connections enhance the value of our products and provide tubing and casing connection solutions for our North American E&P customers,” said Boswell. “We are certainly excited about the opportunity to team up with a global company like Metal One and work together to better serve customers.
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