Usiminas conducts new business in Argentina’s energy market
Usiminas has recently made new sales in the Argentinian market which reinforce its capacity to operate in the international market. The company has already begun shipping 30,000 tons of steel to “Vaca Muerta” oil field, where the steel produced at Ipatinga (MG) and Cubatão (SP) Plants will be processed into 100 kilometers of pipes, manufactured by Tenaris Siat and Tenaris Confab, for the transport of shale gas. The other unprecedented sale in the segment and a milestone in Usiminas' commercial history, foresees the supply of steel for the deployment of wind towers in the region of Bahía Blanca.
For the wind turbine project, Usiminas is expected to produce about 4 thousand tons of steel for the Spanish GRI Renewable Industries. Shipments in two lots should be completed by the end of September. The expectation of Usiminas Commercial Vice President, Miguel Homes, is that the contract is the kick-off for the development of a solid relationship in Argentina, already established with Danes, Spaniards, Germans and Americans in the Brazilian market. The neighboring country has announced a strategy aimed at increasing the consumption of clean energy to 20% of total consumption by 2025.
“Since 2010, when we started the pioneering supply of steel for renewable energy projects, Usiminas has already delivered about 650,000 tons of products for this segment”, says Usiminas Renewable Energy Account Manager, Victor Salim. “Now the achievement of this new business in Argentina is an important step in developing ever stronger relationships with our global partners”, adds Miguel Homes.
To meet the exploration in the region of “Vaca Muerta”, considered the largest energy project in Argentina, Usiminas is supplying heavy plates and coils. According to Homes, “we are the only company in Latin America approved to supply plates and coils with the characteristics required by the project”.
“In addition, our hot strip mill in Cubatão enables us to produce wider coils, over 1.900 mm, required for the 24″ diameter outer pipes which are manufactured via ERW welding process (Electric Resistance Welding)”, says Hermes Hinuy, Account Manager for Large-Diameter Pipes.
The executive reminds us that this is Usiminas second shipment for gas projects in Argentina. A year ago, the company shipped 16,000 tons of coils and heavy plates to “Tenaris Siat” in Argentina, where they were used to manufacture tubes for gas exploration at the “Fortin de Piedra” field in the western province of Neuquén.
According to the company's latest quarterly statement, Argentina was the main destination for Usiminas exports, with a 34% share of the total volume sold outside Brazil in the period.