MRC Global, a distributor of pipe, valves and fittings to
the energy industry, has signed a five-year global agreement
with Shell for the distribution of valves and automation services.
The global pact covers Shell's upstream, midstream and
downstream project and maintenance, repair and operations
(MRO) requirements in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle
East and Africa.
The agreement also covers carbon steel, stainless and alloy
pipe, fittings and flanges in the US as well as stainless steel
and alloy pipe, fittings and flanges in Canada.
Under this agreement, Shell expects that MRC will be the
single-source provider for valves and the central distributor
for the other products to Shell's business units in the
specified areas, the company said.
The agreement builds upon a long-standing relationship
between MRC and Shell in the US, Europe and Asia, where MRC has
served as Shell's primary distributor of valves for the past 15 years.
"We are pleased that Shell continues to place their
confidence in MRC to supply their operations with these
important products," MRC chief executive Andrew Lane said.
"Based on activity projections, this 5-year agreement
represents the largest distribution contract that we have
entered into with a global customer, he continued.
By providing a 'one-stop' distribution platform for
these products, we will assist Shell in driving standardization
of their PVF materials requirements throughout their global
The agreement has a term of five years with an option to
extend for another five years. Financial numbers were not