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Vallourec introduces a new semi-premium high torque connection for shale applications

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Vallourec unveils its newest connection, VAM® SPRINT-SF, the first in a series of semi-premium high torque products designed for extreme shale applications.

In the fast-moving onshore drilling industry, operators are constantly looking for ways to mitigate risks and extend laterals while reducing costs. The product was designed with these priorities in mind and was tested using “Fit for Shale” VAM protocol that simulates real-world conditions during the life of the well.

This slim outer diameter integral connection provides ultra-high torque capacity combined with excellent tension, fatigue and pressure ratings. It demonstrates fast and easy running, with thread design allowing for deep stabbing and low number of turns to make-up. These performances contribute to making it the most cost efficient product for large scale shale operations.

Bertrand Frischmann recently appointed Senior Vice President, North America commented "The launch of VAM SRINT-SF in the US meets the evolving needs of our Onshore customers. For Vallourec, VAM SPRINT-SF, the first in a new series, is a strategic brick in the development of our onshore solutions. It was designed with direct input from our customers and using the full expertise of VAM. It offers Vallourec significant market reach while meeting our customers' requirements in terms of design, quality and cost efficiency".

It was developed in the VAM USA R&D centre in Houston, Texas, US, with the support of the engineering and commercial teams. The product line will cover the full range of sizes used for production casing in shale plays and associated carbon steel material, including SS and API enhanced grades.

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