Tecalemit flexibles (Pont-l’Abbé, 30 employees), a hose and coupling manufacturer, has become a serious contender in the market. The SME is the successful tenderer for the call for proposals from the main European and Asian groups to fit out the Russian mega gas field Yamal (Total holds 20% of the programme’s shares and Russian group Novatek holds 50%, for a project worth $27 billion) involving special elastomer pipes and high performance mechanical parts.
Técalemit’s extensive expertise in the production of materials designed for the oil industry and its adaptability were the key assets that allowed them to win the call for proposals. The cost of the project is €2.5 million and the company has invested €250,000 in surveys, special machinery and tools. Commercially-available parts and materials were not suited to the project’s extraordinary specifications: “They did not have the appropriate mechanical guarantees, e.g. resisting to temperatures of -50°. So we had to make them ourselves”, Yann Tromelin and Stéphane Caroff, Tecalemit Flexibles’ managers, explained.
The parts were entirely designed in Pont-l’Abbé and were tested in certified laboratories to meet extreme weather conditions and harsh mechanical conditions. The Yamal project includes over 20 tonnes of equipment delivered by Tecamelit Flexibles, including about 15 km of flexible hoses and 10,000 couplings.
After IKRA in 2013 and the building of a plastic production site 430 km east of Moscow, Yamal is Tecalemit Flexibles’ second project in Russia. Such projects in Russia require Russian partners as the company must be certified. Building on its past experience, the Breton SME has since signed a third deal in Russia and is already referenced for a new project in 2018.
Source : Ouest France entreprise – 13/12/2017
Photo credit : Tecalamit Flexibles