TMK ships pipe to build 2018 World Cup stadiums
TMK has shipped a batch of seamless pipe for the construction of Mordovia Arena stadium in Saransk, which will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. The contractor for the new stadium will receive 210 tonnes of 219 mm and 426 mm S440 grade steel seamless pipe.
This is not the first batch of pipe shipped by the Company to support the stadium construction project in the Russian republic of Mordovia. Last year, TMK supplied to Saransk 1.6 thousand tonnes of pipe for the metal structures of the sports arena.
Starting from 2014, the Company has supplied its products to 2018 World Cup stadiums. Specifically for the use in stadium metal structures, Volzhsky Pipe Plant has launched production of seamless pipe made of high-strength S440 grade stainless steel. Saransk is not the only host city in Russia to benefit from the use of this premium quality product: TMK also supplied it to build the roof of Samara Arena stadium. Seversky Tube Works, which is also part of TMK, supplied galvanised pipe for the outer steel frame of Spartak Stadium (now Otkritie Arena) in Moscow, which was inaugurated in 2015. Our impact resistant seamless pipe made of 09G2S grade steel was used in the retractable roof of Saint Petersburg Stadium (Zenit Arena).
TMK was also involved in a number of infrastructure projects to support the hosting of 2018 FIFA World Cup. In particular, Volzhsky Pipe Plant supplied large-diameter helically submerged arc-welded pipe (SAWH) for the underwater relief and main sewer lines crossing the Volga River in the Central District of Volgograd. The crossings were constructed as part of Volgograd Arena stadium’s infrastructure. Large diameter longitudinal pipe produced by Volzhsky Pipe Plant was also used to relocate utility grids as part of the project.
Overall, during the last three years, TMK has shipped over 7 thousand tonnes of pipe to 2018 World Cup stadiums, with seamless pipe for high-strength steel frames accounting for 80% of the supplies.
“We are fully aware of the importance of the FIFA World Cup, which Russia will host for the first time in 2018, for the international prestige of our country and the promotion of sports. State-of-the-art arenas built to the highest standards and requirements will be opened to host this major event. The stadium projects feature a number of completely unique engineering solutions that require the use of robust, high-strength metal structures. For TMK, involvement in the 2018 World Cup stadium projects is a big honour and at the same time the recognition of our products for their premium quality. It is all the more rewarding given that all these stadiums will continue contributing to the promotion of sports in Russia for many years to come after the World Cup is over,” said Alexander Shiryaev, TMK’s CEO.