Fine Tubes has received additional NORSOK approval to supply UNS S31254 seamless tubes, as endorsed by Parker Hannifin and Statoil, and has achieved a place on the Statoil TR2000 approved supplier list.
Fine Tubes customer quality engineer Chris Burridge said: "The approval process allowed us to take a closer look at our manufacturing activities for this particular product line and refine them to meet with the requirements of NORSOK M-650."
Fine Tubes secured approval by aligning its manufacturing process with NORSOK M-650 requirements, and providing compliance through an audit undertaken by Parker Hannifin and Statoil. The new supply approval was made possible through a frame agreement with these two industry-leading companies.
"Having a place on the Statoil TR2000 approved supplier list will open up new opportunities that have been unavailable to us to date, and will allow us to be more competitive in a fast growing market," Burridge added. "The experience we have gained throughout the process will prove invaluable in our future approval endeavours of other product lines, such as the S32750 Super Duplex."
NORSOK M-650 is among the oil and gas industry’s most demanding quality standards for manufacturing equipment, processes and testing.
Fine Tubes supplies metal tubing for the oil and gas, aerospace, medical, nuclear and power, and chemical process sectors. The company’s services include the design, manufacture and global supply of seamless or welded and redrawn tubes in materials such as stainless steel and nickel and titanium alloys, which are chosen by industry leaders all over the world.
Excellent working relationships with raw material suppliers and resellers help the company’s quality promise extend far beyond its own facilities. Fine Tubes has sales offices in Germany, France and India, and currently exports to over 35 countries worldwide.
Developed by the Norwegian petroleum industry and based on international standards, NORSOK standards are designed to ensure high levels of safety, value and cost effectiveness, and are maintained across industry developments and operations. They require a review of manufacturing facilities and equipment, processes and testing. After all areas have been assessed and approved, qualification is valid for five years.
Statoil is the largest oil and gas operator on the Norwegian continental shelf, and has operations in 36 countries. The company’s TR2000 approved suppliers list is a database of qualified and accepted manufacturers.