India-based Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has placed an order with SMS Meer for the modernization of a 25-year-old seamless tube plant.

SMS Meer will upgrade the existing plant to a modern, high-performance CPE (Cross Piercing Elongating) plant. As a result BHEL’s capacity will be doubled to around 100kt and its product range extended.

With the conversion to modern CPE technology BHEL’s production processes will be more cost-effective and energy-efficient, as material losses are reduced by 65%.

The maximum shell length on the upgraded plant will increase to 16m. The finished tube diameter ranges from 26.7mm to 159.00mm. In addition to carbon steels the plant can now also produce low- and high-alloy steels.