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SPE Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation Conference and Exhibition

21–22 February 2023
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE


SPE Symposium: Non-Metallic and Composite Materials

About the Symposium

The objective of this symposium is to share knowledge and experiences to leverage the use of non-metallic solutions in the energy sector. The symposium will also create a platform for all stakeholders including subject matter experts, manufacturers, and operators to discuss the latest technological developments, challenges, and future ambitions.

Corrosion of metallic pipelines and downhole tubulars and the associated maintenance to mitigate or prevent it poses a heavy environmental and operational burden across many industries, especially the energy sector. To address these challenges, qualification, piloting and deployment of non-metallic solutions aim to eliminate corrosion; boost operational efficiency, and maximise asset availability while reducing life cycle costs.

The symposium will shed light on different non-metallic solutions including:

  • Stand-alone extruded thermoplastic pipes and liners
  • Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipe (RTP)
  • Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP)
  • Flexible Pipes
  • GRE/GRP Pipes and Liners

The symposium will also have discussions on implementation opportunities in the following service environments:

  • Water Injection services
  • Multi-phase hydrocarbon services
  • High-CO2 services
  • Hydrogen services
  • Downhole applications (casing/tubing)

Topics will include:

  • Implementation opportunities and case studies
  • Value propositions; life cycle cost and carbon footprint reduction
  • Design and engineering
  • Standards, construction approaches, and qualification guidelines
  • Health monitoring and integrity management
  • Material performance including failure modes and mechanisms
  • Research and technology development opportunities
  • The latest non-metallic technology developments and emerging solutions

Symposium Guidelines


An SPE symposium serves as a transition event for a topic that has matured beyond the workshop format. It provides the opportunity for authors to publish papers, but the event may not be a fully papered programme. The committee may invite presenters and/or select speakers through the Call for Abstracts process. In many cases, symposia also feature an exhibition of the latest products and services.

This symposium will take place for two days with informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. It will maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, the press is not invited to attend.


  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.


In keeping with symposium objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in ePosters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the symposium most effectively either in discussions or with presentations. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.


  • The committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full symposium report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed survey.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the symposium.