Reisholz plant working at full capacity

The pierce anddraw plant in Düsseldorf Reisholz will likely continue to work at full capacitythroughout the rest of 2017.

To cope with the surge of incomingorders from China and other Asian countries, the plant is operating in fourshifts and so the production lines are busy even at weekends.

"Our specialty, steam piping forconventional power plants, is in great demand. The trend is towardshigher-grade steels, because these allow more elevated operating temperatureswhich, in turn, reduce a power plant's specific CO2 emissions,"explains plant manager Volker Sayer. Therefore, today's coal power plants emitabout one third less CO2 than last year.

"Each one of us is doing theirutmost here in Reisholz to ship out the pipes as quickly as possible. It's realteamwork," Sayer continues.

With its highly specialized facilities,the pipe mill in Düsseldorf-Reisholz is like no other worldwide. It can producepipes with outside diameters of up to 1,500 mm and wall thicknesses of up to200 mm. A single one of these can easily weigh up to 15 tons.

The plant is also well equipped forprocessing the very latest high-strength steels. When it comes to new materialsand their processing, Vallourec has often played a pioneering role in thesector of power plant engineering. The latest example was the launch of the VM12 SHC, a material that holds the worldrecord in oxidation resistance among ferritic steels. Other materialdevelopments are "in the pipeline