02/12/2019 - EnvironmentThe annual EVOLEN Days were held in Paris last October. During this major event, 600 professionals gathered to discuss and explore the topic of oil, gas and renewable energy. The theme this year was “Carbon Challenge: technologies for the energy transition”. The event served as an opportunity for Sylvie Dubois-Decool, Innovation Director, to exhibit Vallourec’s low-carbon strategy.
Our steel production is nearly carbon neutral...The production of steel (and pipes) inherently emits high levels of CO2. This is not the case at Vallourec, which is virtually neutral in carbon emissions, positioning the Group as the best placed producer in this field.
Thanks to our technical expertise, our innovations and our 100,000 hectares of eucalyptus forests in Brazil, our steel production is nearly carbon neutral.Sylvie Dubois-Decool Innovation Director
… and optimum support for our customersDigital solutions, new coatings, new materials, such as 3D printing (which helps ensure just the right quantity of raw material is used), and new technologies for tubes and smart connections are all solutions that help to reduce our customers' carbon footprint. For example, CLEANWELL®, a non-polluting coating applied in the factory on the threaded connections, replaces highly toxic storage and screwing lubricants. Waterproof VAM® connections detect and prevent leaks of hydrocarbons and greenhouse gases. They are perfectly design for switching from oil to gas as recommended by the OGCI (Oil and Gas Climate Initiative). Lastly, the "green" tubes manufactured in Brazil offer low-carbon tubular solutions.
"Green" tubes manufactured in Brazil, CLEANWELL®, VAM® connections and our Top Winnovator 2019, AssetUpTM, are perfect examples of our "responsible" products.Sylvie Dubois-Decool Innovation Director
Opportunities for VallourecVallourec is working alongside many partners in the fields of solar, wind and hydrogen. The geothermal and CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage) subsidiaries are particularly interesting because they require large wells with specific corrosion and sealing constraints, which are at the heart of the Group's expertise and solutions.