TPi May 2023

Business & market news

Asahi/America recruits Mike West as Midwest district sales manager

of thermoplastic fluid flow products, including valves and actuators as well as industrial, environmental and high purity piping. He joins Asahi with a background in water and wastewater treatment plant installations and brings a solid knowledge of valve and actuation sales. Asahi/America Inc

Asahi/America Inc, which produces thermoplastic fluid flow technology, has hired Mike West to work in its outside sales team. Mr West joined Asahi/ America in January 2023 as district sales manager for the Midwest sales region comprised of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota in the US. Mr West will assist distributors and engineers with sales and specification efforts for Asahi/America’s full family

Mike West

TechnipFMC awarded one of its largest ever flexible pipe contracts in Angola

allows for optimised riser and flowline system configuration, was instrumental in winning this award. “This is another example of our unique capability to support fast-track greenfield developments and we are excited to be supporting Azule Energy and its partners on this project.” TechnipFMC

will connect the new Agogo facility to the subsea production systems.

TechnipFMC has been awarded a contract by Azule Energy to supply flexible pipe for the Agogo Integrated West Hub Development Project, offshore Angola. The contract is one of TechnipFMC’s largest ever awards for flexible pipe in West Africa, and covers the engineering, procurement and supply of jumpers, flowlines, risers and all associated ancillary equipment. The flexible pipe

Azule Energy, a BP and Eni company, is the operator of Block 15/06 in Angola offshore, partnering with Sonangol P&P and SSI Fifteen. Jonathan Landes, president, subsea at TechnipFMC, said: “Our ability to meet Azule’s flexible pipe needs, which

Tata Steel UK contracts Danieli Corus for blast furnace efficiency project

have achieved very long campaign lives with the support of multiple life extension repairs, the most recent of which was the repair of stove #10 of blast furnace #4. The current contract between Danieli Corus and Tata Steel for the repairs of stove #11 at blast furnace #4 (with a 2,388m³ working volume) and stove #13 at blast furnace #5 (with a 2,134m³ working volume) is a continuation of the strong and fruitful relationship built up over many years between the companies and confirms the value of executing such projects with an experienced technology partner. Tata Steel UK Danieli Corus

long lifetimes if key components such as parts of the vessel shell and the refractories are designed, manufactured and installed properly. Burner replacements and partial repair jobs then become an accepted reality of campaign management. The hot-blast stoves at both blast furnaces at Tata Steel’s Port Talbot Works

The blast furnace hot-blast system is essential for efficient ironmaking. Stoves heat the blast air, but underperforming stoves mean higher gas consumption at the burners or result in the need for increased quantities of metallurgical coke in the furnace – all at a cost, financially as well as ecologically.

Hot-blast systems can achieve very

The stoves at both blast furnaces at Tata Steel’s Port Talbot Works have achieved long and reliable service



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