Liberty Ostrava delivers pipe to Iraq

Liberty Ostrava has supplied 11km of seamless OCTG pipe for the West Qurna oil field in the south of Iraq. The product was made of vacuum degassed steel, equipped with insulation allowing the pipe to resist temperatures of up to 80C.

“Projects for oil drilling companies are among the most demanding both from the technical point of view and the complete project execution,” says Martin Klosko, head of the Tubular Plant at Liberty Ostrava. The completion of the order is especially impressive given it has been done during the Covid-19 pandemic, he adds.

The West Qurna oil field (Phase II) contains up to 14 billion barrels of oil and stretches across an area of 340 square kilometres.

Liberty Ostrava has a 3.6 million tonnes/year liquid steel capacity, currently producing around 2.2m t/y. Liberty Steel said in February it plans to carry out a $750 million ten-year investment programme to install by 2024 new hybrid steel-making technology at Ostrava (see Kallanish passim). It will also carry out a major modernisation of its rolling mills.