In the U.S.A, to ensure consistent supply that keeps operations running, we operate where you drill. Vallourec US local mills and service centers can supply the fast turnaround need of increased drilling schedules. Local content means change orders are agile and local services bring efficiency gains all along the supply chain from traceability solutions to running assistance.
Vallourec also pioneered the engineering of cost effective grades and connections for the specific needs of Shale wells with long laterals, from API enhanced grades for increased burst capacity (ex: P110EC) or mild sour service resistance (ex: P110MS) to premium or semi-premium High Torque connections (VAM® 21 HT, VAM® EDGE SF, DWC/C etc.). Vallourec was actually the very first to design a ‘shale specific test protocol’ simulating the specific combination of fracking cycles, torque, temperature and fatigue cycles.
Besides Shale, Vallourec offer solutions for other Unconventional applications such as heavy oil, oil sands, tight gas or methane hydrates. With connections designed and qualified to extreme temperatures for thermal stimulations wells (ex: VAM® 21 or DWC/C qualified to TWCCEP protocol) or THERMOCASE® VIT providing unmatched solutions for thermal insulation, Vallourec can support any technology challenge associated with exploration and production of Unconventional resources.