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Focused industry conference on qualifying and utilizing elastomers, thermoplastics, composites and coating materials in oilfield applications

6-7 June 2017, Hilton Houston Post Oak, Houston, TX

Organized by Applied Market Information LLC (AMI)


AMI's third international forum for oil and gas operators, contractors, equipment manufacturers, researchers and industry suppliers, Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2017, took place June 6-7 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.  This two-day program examined the latest developments in the use of non-metallic materials in the harsh conditions of oil and gas drilling and transportation, including new challenges arising in unconventional gas reservoirs. 

The US is a leading player in oil and gas production.  Due to the low global oil price, margins are tight across the industry and operators are looking to improve efficiency and lower costs. Selecting the right materials for vital components is a key element in reducing maintenance and maintaining long-term performance; failure is expensive. Polymer materials (thermoplastics, elastomers, thermoset and composite materials) are essential to the function and integrity of many structures including risers, umbilicals, cables, chemical and corrosion-resistant coatings in steel structures, pipelines,  seals, Christmas trees, platforms, pumps, zonal isolation technology, swellable packers and blow-out preventers.  The latest plastics technologies such as 3D-printing (additive manufacturing) are being evaluated for emergency use on rigs in remote locations. In addition there are roles for high performance degradable polymers in temporary structures in fracking applications.

Oil & Gas Polymer Engineering Texas 2017 ​provided a networking forum for materials engineers and expert researchers to share case studies, learn from past experience and look to the future with the latest technologies.

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