Global steel pipe manufacturer Tenaris opened its first greenfield pipe yard in Canada on Wednesday in Grande Prairie, Alta.
The US$20 million facility is strategically located to serve oil and gas operators in the Montney and Duvernay plays from facilities in Ontario and Alberta, the company said.
It is designed to synchronize the manufacturing of pipes with customer drilling operations.
One of these is Seven Generations Energy. CEO Marty Proctor was on hand along with Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd and other dignitaries who spoke to open the facility.
“As a customer, we value innovation that helps us go further and quality supplies that keeps us safe,” Proctor said.
The Grande Prairie service centre began construction in 2016 and is now fully operational.
It includes a commercial office, pipe inspection facility, maintenance building, storage yard and rail spur.
During the inauguration, Tenaris announced a C$500,000 donation to the University of Alberta to support a program offering youth after-school and summer activities based around science, technology, engineering and mathematics.