Foresight Review: Application of Non-metallics in the Oil and Gas Industry

This Foresight Review document was commissioned by Saudi Aramco Technologies Company (Aramco Tech) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), sponsors of the NIC managed by TWI Ltd, to identify the current state-of-the-art and to identify future challenges to the safe application of non-metallic materials. This is mainly in the form of polymer composite materials in the oil and gas (O&G) industry.

In identifying trends, drivers and barriers, the report aims to prioritise recommendations to achieve an improved understanding and expanded operating windows, through life quality assurance and safe operation to protect both people and the environment.

Most of the information presented in this report was compiled after the roadmap sessions in the NIC Technical Advisory Board (TAB) meeting that was held on 1 November 2018 in the Aramco Overseas Company Office in London, UK. The TAB meeting involved four sessions related to Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipe (RTP), Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP), Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Pipe (RTR), and polymer-lined steel pipe.


The attendees were from academic institutions, research centres, O&G companies and composite materials manufacturers.

The content of this report is not intended to be an all-encompassing, fully comprehensive review of the subject matter but rather a consolidation of the views and opinions of the various attendees of the TAB and some selected additional information from the scientific and commercial literature. The TAB attendees are considered to represent an informed cross section of organisations, companies, manufacturers, users and other stakeholders with specific expertise and knowledge in the generic field of polymer composites.

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