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NIC kicks off project to develop new industry guidelines

Wed, 25 November, 2020

The Non-metallic Innovation centre (NIC) has launched an exciting new project to address the challenge of corrosion in downhole tubing and casing applications in the oil and gas, and geothermal industries.

The kick-off meeting for the Joint Industry Project (JIP) “Guideline for Design and Qualification of Composite Tubing and Casing for Downhole Applications”, held earlier this autumn, brought together leading companies in the oil and gas, and geothermal  industries that have signed up as partners in the project.  The consortium includes DNV-GL, who are managing the project, Saudi Aramco Technologies Company (SATC) and TWI Ltd within the framework of the Non-metallic Innovation Centre, NOV, Baker Hughes, Future Pipe industries, Vallourec, Solvay and CRA Tubulars.

The need for safe and reliable use of composite pipes for downhole tubing and casing is the main focus of the project.  Despite the tangible benefits of composite pipes, including being corrosion free, there is a reluctance to use them in the industry because a lack of rigorous design and qualification practices erodes confidence in the technology.  Other important areas to be addressed by the consortium are failure envelope based on design pyramid, level of simplicity of the guidelines and the decision methodologies for composite pipe systems.

Mihalis Kazilas, NIC Programme Director commented “We are very happy to participate in this project which will provide industry accepted methods for selecting and qualifying non-metallics in downhole applications.  The project is in line with our main objective in the NIC, which is to expand the operational envelope of non-metallics in oil and gas.”

The consortium is currently appraising the inclusion of three new partners and would like to extend the invitation to other interested parties, including operators, manufacturers and contractors.  For further information on how to join the JIP please contact Dr Farshad Salamat-Zadeh at

Image top of the page, kindly provided courtesy of Future Pipe Industries

Ramin Moslemian, Principal Specialist and JIP Project Manager, DNV GL said “We are happy to kick-off this important JIP to facilitate the safe and reliable use of composite pipes for demanding downhole applications.”