Circular Economy

Circular Economy

From drill pipe to piling: how we are driving the circular economy.

Reuse and recycling have been a cornerstone of our business since being founded in the 1930s. Delivering significant environmental and monetary benefits to our customers during that time is core to our existence.

A notable shift in focus is taking place around the world to minimise waste, pollution and the consumption of finite resources, improve sustainability, reduce environmental impacts and cut carbon emissions. This has led to the concept of the circular economy growing in prominence. It is a process whereby resources, which are otherwise deemed to be waste, are kept in use for as long as possible by either repurposing them into new products to be utilised in a new way, or by recycling.

Through our tubulars and metals divisions, we strongly advocate the circular economy. We understand the value the model provides to our customers, particularly when faced with tightening environmental legislation, establishing zero waste strategies and reducing carbon footprint.

Having identified two decades ago that redundant steel tubulars from the North Sea oil and gas industry could be used as a high-quality replacement for traditional concrete piles, we have progressively developed this area of our business.

Today, at our facilities in Scotland and the United States, our Tubulars division holds a stock of around 100,000 tonnes of steel tubulars that are suitable for use in piling and micro-piling projects in the construction and civil engineering sectors globally.

To date, we have supplied over 2 million tonnes of steel tubulars for use as piling, which has minimised waste, saved an equal volume of CO2 emissions and helped establish a more robust economy. Reusing steel casing pipe as steel piling demonstrates the innovative thinking required to fully realise the potential of the circular economy.

In 2017, that innovation and commitment to reuse and recycling was acknowledged when we won the circular economy award at the VIBES -Scottish Business Environment Awards.

Our Environmental Director, Ray Grant explains just how we are working to reuse and recycle materials.