Understanding Carbon Steel

Carbon steel is steel in which the main interstitial alloying constituent is carbon in the range of 0.12–2.0%. The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) definition says:

Steel is considered to be carbon steel when no minimum content is specified or required for chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, nickel, niobium, titanium, tungsten,vanadium or zirconium, or any other element to be added to obtain a desired alloying effect;when the specified minimum for copper does not exceed 0.40 percent; or when the maximum content specified for any of the following elements does not exceed the percentages noted: manganese 1.65, silicon 0.6, copper 0.6.

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7 oil and gas projects to watch in 2015

1.Another new Russia – China pipeline
In the wake of the $400bn deal Russia signed this May to sell its gas to China through the under-construction Power of Siberia pipeline, a second November agreement between the two countries may have not made quite as many headlines as it should.
The new contract will see Gazprom supply 30 bcm of gas a year to the Chinese state oil company CNPC, and it will involve more major pipeline work in Russia. China will receive its gas through a new 2,600km pipeline network called Altai, named after one of the regions of western Siberia it will run through on its way to China’s northwestern border with Russia.

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Low Oil, Gas Investment to Have Long-Term Impact on Supply, IEA Chief Says

OSLO—The International Energy Agency’s executive director said Monday that global oil and gas investments were expected to drop in 2015 and 2016, marking the first two-year spending decline in decades, and he warned of the long-term impact on supply.

“We have never seen this in the last 30 years, two consecutive years of investment decline,” the IEA’s executive director, Dr. Fatih Birol, told The Wall Street Journal on the sidelines of a Statoil conference. “This will have implications for the oil markets, if not tomorrow then the day after tomorrow.”
The IEA, the energy watchdog of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, has forecast oil prices will pick up slowly toward $80 per barrel by around 2020, as demand keeps growing and the current oversupply is gradually reduced.

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Steel Pipe Sales – US files Anti Dumping suit against Oman, UAE

US has filed an anti dumping lawsuit against Oman , United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam for selling steel pipes below the fair price.

The US steel pipe makers, which lodged a complaint against dumping, are Bull Moose Tube Company, EXLTUBE, Wheatland Tube Company and Western Tube and Conduit .

The investigation would be carried for circular welded carbon-quality steel pipes.

EN 10204 3.1 Certification Vs EN 10204 3.2 Certification

Looking for an EN10204, 3.2 Certification?

EN10204 is a Euronorm (issued by the European Community) specification that describes different types of material test reports and certifications.  The standard contains no requirements relative to actual material requirements.  The most common reference is to a 3.1 type certification (3.1 is the paragraph number within EN10204 that describes the content).  A 3.1 certification is simply the common mill test report that reports test results on the lot of material in question, performed by a laboratory (often operated by the mill itself) that is independent of the personnel actually producing the material.  Sending samples to an independent laboratory for testing to the ordering specifications will still result in a 3.1 certification.  It is just being tested by a second source.

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U.S companies Seeks Anti dumping duties on Indian Steel Pipes

Major U.S Companies dealing in manufacture , supply and export of Steel Pipes has urged the

regulators in U.S to apply anti-dumping duties on welded stainless pressure pipes imported from India.


Increasing Imports of Welded stainless pressure pipe from India at price lower than U.S markets from past three years
is turning out to be a big concern for these companies as the imports rised from 12,101 tones to 281 tons from 2012 to 2014

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Russia’s Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) have confirmed that construction is underway on the 4,000-km Power of Serbia Pipeline that will deliver up to 38 Bcma of gas to China.The first joint of pipe for the Chinese sector of the project was recently welded near the city of Heibe in the northern Heilongjiang Province bordering Russia, according to CNPC. Russia started building its section of the 2,500-mile eastern route last year. The pipeline is due to become fully operational in late 2017.