MISI contributes to the stable and effi cient operations of its customers in energy development, civil engineering and construction, machinery manufacturing, and other major industries by supplying all varieties of steel pipe and incidental services. The primary focus of the Tubular Products Division is on the fi elds of oil and natural gas development. By mobilizing storage and processing service bases around the world, MISI does everything in its power to offer a sustained and supply chain and effective asset management. The ultimate goal is to support energy development and production, and to make a solid contribution to the stable supply of energy, both at home in Japan and to countries around the world.
Crude oil and natural gas resources often lie thousands of meters beneath the earth’s surface. While major progress has been made in exploration technology, it is often diffi cult to identify the structure, composition, and properties of specifi c oil and gas reserves without actually boring into the ground. Because of these variations, the size and performance needed for oil country tubular goods (OCTGs) varies widely. MISI works through its management service network—comprised of various bases around the world—to provide OCTG solutions. We fi rst recommend the optimum materials based on data from trial bores, then procure the various types of OCTGs to suit the boring plans, and then act in place of oil companies in handling the storage, processing, inspections, and repairs of the product, all while supplying the products on a just-in-time basis.
Pipelines link oil- and gas-producing areas to the areas where the resources are used. The pipes are frequently laid on the ocean floor or in earthquake zones, mountainous districts, frozen soil, and other severe environments. The distances covered often mean that these pipelines form a mammoth infrastructure stretching thousands of kilometers across national and regional borders. MISI handles the procurement, financing, on-site logistics, and other aspects of supplying high-performance steel pipe, supporting the creation of optimum energy transport routes.
MISI works through the Tubular Products division to supply high-alloy steel and other varieties of high-performance steel pipe to power plants and petrochemical factories. It also owns subsidiaries that produce vinyl chloride lined pipe for use in gas pipelines for apartment complexes and other locations.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will start near Kipoi on the border of Turkey and Greece, where it will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) which will bring gas in from the Caspian Sea. In total TAP will cover around 870 kilometers and cross Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before tying into Italy’s gas transportation network in Southern Italy. The Tubular Products Division entered the competitive bidding for this project in May 2015 as part of a consortium with Greek pipe manufacturer Corinth Pipe Works SA. Although the Greek fiscal crisis flared up again just prior to the summer of that year, the division surmounted those difficulties, submitting a backup plan that earned high marks from the customer. As a result, we landed the contract for 495 kilometers of the pipeline-requiring about 270,000 tons of pipe-that November. MISI is also involved in the procurement of steel plate for pipe manufacturing at Corinth.