Keynote 1: Saudi Aramco's non-metallic program - Journey and ambition


Nonmetallic Materials are playing an ever-increasing role in our world. When we say nonmetallic materials, we are referring to industrial and consumer products that are produced using chemicals and polymers derived from the hydrocarbon value chain, which substitute products conventionally made from metals and other materials.

We at Saudi Aramco many years ago began exploring nonmetallic materials as a mean of corrosion mitigation in our facilities through selective pilot projects. Having experienced the benefits of this material in Corrosion mitigation, faster installations and Life Cycle cost savings; the use of nonmetallics in Saudi Aramco products grew exponentially in the past five years. Apart from the conventional nonmetallic applications in water and low pressure services which started as early as 1970s, today we have successfully installed more than 9,000 km of pipes in diverse applications across our assets in more harsh services such as high-pressure oil, gas and water. This space used to be fully occupied by steel.

Building on our success in the O&G sector, we expanded our nonmetallic business strategy to cover four additional sectors which are Building & Construction, Automotive, packaging and Renewables due to their impact and synergy with Saudi Aramco's Business. Our Nonmetallic materials Strategy has five key pillars which are Research and Development, Deployment, Localization, investment and Advocacy.

In Line with Vision 2030, Saudi Aramco Nonmetallic material Strategy aims to place Aramco & the Kingdom as a global leader in the nonmetallic materials business with a key objective of maximizing the value of our resources across the hydrocarbon value chain, driving sustainability, localizing industry and reducing our carbon footprint. Indeed, our nonmetallic Business strategy is in line with our corporate approach to Sustainability.

We at Saudi Aramco believe that Innovation and R&D are key enablers to advance the future of nonmetallic' s across all industries. Through new ideas, collaborations and technological breakthroughs we can address the challenges of tomorrow.


Dr. Jamil J. Al-Bagawi

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia