28/01/2019 -The OFP (port rail operator) Vallourec Rouen operated its first test train, followed two days later by its first loaded train.
An unprecedented solutionThis activity - an innovative one for the Group - is permitted since it obtained, on October 3 last year, French ministerial certification as a port rail operator (OFP). This is a first for a French industrial player, and the certification authorizes us to travel independently on the right bank sector of Rouen's port rail network. For the heat treatment plant at Déville, this means greater flexibility and responsiveness to conduct industrial operations, without the need for an outside rail company to operate between the port and the plant.
An opportunity on many levelsThe Déville site thus obtains an independent connection with the port of Rouen, which is the port of entry for the Greens coming from VSB*, and from VAD** when they travel by barge. It is also a direct exit port to Africa and the North Sea. This new integrated rail transport service is thus a true additional asset for Déville.