Vallourec contributes to the challenge of managing and exploiting the planet's energy resources, while reducing its environmental footprint and cutting its production costs. Energy efficiency is also crucial for the competitiveness of its industrial sites. Via its Greenhouse project, Vallourec has set itself the objective of reducing its total consumption of gas and electricity by 20% between 2008 and 2020.
Following the example of the Vallourec sites in the United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil, the whole Saint-Saulve site in the North of France obtained at the end of 2014 ISO 50001 certification for energy management.
The Saint-Saulve site, which houses a steel mill and a pipe mill, has an annual energy consumption equivalent to that of a town of 200,000 inhabitants. Electricity is used for the fusion of scrap metal in an electric arc furnace, refining steel in a ladle, and to run the machines. Natural gas is the main source of energy for the heating furnaces and heat treatment of steel bars and tubes.
Since 2009 the site has been implementing the GreenHouse project through a continuous improvement program. The certification of its energy management system, according to the ISO 50001 standard, rewards and validates the progress and gains made.