Niobium technology has made a unique contribution to the safety, integrity and security of the world’s hydrocarbon distribution network.

Low carbon-higher niobium steels provide the enhanced properties and weldability required for thick-walled, large diameter pipelines transporting oil and gas at high pressures over vast distances. The Southern Gas Corridor is an example of one of many ambitious and high-profile projects using these steels.

The following interviews with members of the supply chain explain how a significant tonnage of steel produced using this alloying approach has played a vital role in arguably the world’s most strategically important gas pipeline of the current decade.