Seen to many as a cost-effective solution to corrosion problems in Oil and Gas, nonmetallics have grown in popularity as an essential resource for combating corrosion. The new NACE Nonmetallics Conference will give a unique look at the expanded use, advancements in technology, and potential applications of nonmetallics for corrosion mitigation.

The conference will feature technical presentations from formal papers on the following topics:

Qualification, Testing, Inspection and Service Life Estimation
  • Qualification and testing
  • Nonmetallic system revalidation methods
  • Life expansion of old nonmetallic
  • Inspection techniques and challenges
Emerging Technologies
  • Advancement in the technology for the use of nonmetallic in high temperature and high-pressure applications
  • Use of nonmetallic in sour media and gas
Design, Installation and Construction
  • Nonmetallic systems design challenges
  • Construction challenges and limitations
  • Composite repairs
  • Nonmetallic product degradation mechanisms
  • General mode of failures in non-metallic materials and solutions
  1. Spoolable Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipeline Systems, Presented by Andrew Ethridge, FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies, Inc.
  2. Thermoplastic Liner System Adaptations for Sour Service Hydrocarbon Applications, Presented by Derek Lowth, United Special Technical Services LLC
  3. Design and Construction of GRE Piping, Presented by Jereon van Brakel, NOV Fiber Glass Systems
  4. Composite Repair Technology, Presented by Buddy Powers, Clock Spring Company, Inc.
Schedule at a Glance

Monday, October 15
8:30 to 11:30 am
1:00 to 4:00 pm
7:30 pm Onwards
Tuesday, October 16
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday, October 17
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 18
8:00 am to 12:15 pm

Workshops 1 & 2
Workshops 3 & 4
Conference Opening Reception

Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions

Keynote Speakers

PDO Journey for the Use of Non-metallic Materials

Nasser Al Behlani
Materials and Integrity Manager
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

An engineering graduate with over 30 years' experience in the world of material engineering and corrosion management, Mr. Al Behlani was involved in the early stages of development and deployments of non-metallic materials in oil and gas facilities. He was also involved in and oversaw the step changes in the utilization of non-metallic material overcoming applications challenges. He is an authority in transforming the use of non-metallic materials, whether it is GRE, HDPE or CFP, from the standards application to highly aggressive environments with high temperature, high pressure sour services. Nasser is the author and co-author of numerous papers and presented the topic in a number of international symposiums and forums.

Non-metallics for Oil & Gas and Beyond

Ahmed Al Khowaiter
Chief Technology Officer
Saudi Aramco

Mr. Al Khowaiter is Saudi Aramco’s Chief Technology Officer. He held the position of Saudi Aramco Chief Engineer from 2011 to 2014, and Executive Director of Power Systems in 2014 before assuming his present role. Mr. Al Khowaiter holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an MBA degree as a Sloan Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Motivations for Material Change

David Reid
Chief Marketing Officer
NOV  Fiber Glass System

Mr. Reid is the Chief Marketing Officer for NOV, where he develops the global market and strategic engine. David joined Varco International in 1992 and has lived in Scotland, California, and Houston, covering roles in service, operations, design, business and product development, leadership, and management. He serves on the NOV and Schlumberger IntelliServ Joint Venture Board and in IADC and SPE leadership positions. David has influenced modern rig and equipment design and the pioneering of drilling automation and oilfield digitization.

Conference Location

Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

Al Irfan, Airport Heights
PO Box 1659
Al Athaiba P.C. 130
Sultanate of Oman
Phone: +968 2423 3800


Hotel Recommendations

Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC

Al Jamah Al Akbar Street, Madinat Al Irfan, Muscat, Oman

Tel: +968 2425 2000


Radisson Collection Hotel, Hormuz Grand Muscat

PO Box 128, Seeb, PC 111, Muscat, Oman

Tel: +968 2435 0500

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Sundus Rotana

Al Maardih Street, Seeb, PC 111, Muscat, Oman

Tel: +968 24 511 800


Attractions in the Host City

Portuguese Forts

Two 16th century Portuguese Forts watch over the bay, in stark contrast to the modern buildings between them. The Al Mirani fort was built in 1588 by the Portuguese to defend their ships against attack. Perched on a small mountain on the opposing side of the bay, the Matrah Fort is the other Portuguese-built castle.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The 3rd largest mosque in the world with its own Swarovski chandelier and a 21 tonne carpet.


Conference Director

Husam Al Jahdhami
Engineering Function Director
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

Conference Chair

Nasser Al Behlani
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

Technical Program Chair

Vincenzo Savino

Technical Program Vice Chair

Dr. Adel Badghaish
Saudi Aramco

Technical Committee Member

Dr. Talal Al Nabhani
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

Rama Ramanahalli
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

Dr. Gasem Fallatah
NACE International