Aramco and US services firm BHGE have signed an MoU to build a JV facility in Saudi Arabia to manufacture “non-metallic materials” beginning with reinforced thermoplastic pipes. Aramco says it has deployed over 5,000km of non-metallic piping – normally made from plastics, carbon fiber and glass fiber – with typical applications including infield flow lines and downhole production tubing.

While Aramco’s current petchems JVs produce a range of chemicals including...