A Non-metallic Innovation Centre (NIC) that will develop composite pipeline solutions has opened in the UK.
TWI, Saudi Aramco Technologies Company (AramcoTech) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) have jointly opened a research centre focused on innovative research and advancing the use of non-metallic industrial applications.
As part of TWI’s technology partnership initiative, NIC will address technology priorities while fostering innovation and the commercialisation of technology.
Based in Cambridge, UK, NIC will develop technologies for new non-metallic pipeline solutions, which are increasingly deployed across the oil and gas, construction, automotive, packaging and renewables industries.
It will conduct a research program that covers Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1-9, with partners being drawn from leading academic institutions, research centres and composite material manufacturers.
“By bringing together TWI, AramcoTech and ADNOC to set up NIC, we can be assured of producing industry-led research, for the complete supply chain from research and development to production,” said NIC Program Director Dr Mihalis Kazilas.
“NIC combines academia and industry so that there is a continuous chain between universities producing high-level research and industries that require academic-level analysis for real world applications.”
ADNOC Chief Technology Officer Dr Alan Nelson said non-metallic solutions are reshaping the global industry.
“In line with our Oil and Gas 4.0 mission, ADNOC is dedicated to leading and advancing this technology,” he said.
“Accelerating growth in new non-metallic applications also creates new markets for crude and refined products.
“We are excited to partner with TWI and AramcoTech to help drive cutting-edge non-metallic solutions for the oil and gas industry and beyond.”
For more information visit the NIC website.
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