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SSPC Takes Expertise to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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A team from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings journeyed to Saudi Arabia late last month to discuss coatings and corrosion challenges with employees and management of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, commonly known as Saudi Aramco.

Beginning on Oct. 31, SSPC Executive Director Bill Worms, Director of Technical Services Michael Damiano and Director of Business Development Bob McMurdy joined new SSPC Board of Governors member Mana H. Al Mansour and senior staff from the Material Engineering division of Saudi Aramco’s Consulting Services Department to discuss future collaboration and opportunities to improve the coating industry in the region.

SSPC, Saudi Aramco Visit
Photos: SSPC

Mana Al-Mansour, Saudi Aramco coatings specialist and SSPC board member, addressed a gathering of Saudi Aramco employees during a coatings forum with SSPC representatives.

“We were pleased with the visit and the quality of the discussions that we had with SSPC. The event was unique and first in kind in the region,” said Al-Mansour.

While there, SSPC jointly with Saudi Aramco conducted two coating workshops, one for Saudi Aramco employees and one for the local coating contractors.

McCurdy, Damiano at Saudi Aramco

Bob McMurdy, SSPC international business development specialist, and Michael Damiano, SSPC director of technical services, addressed Saudi Aramco management and employees.

The workshop conducted at Saudi Aramco addressed the coating challenges in the oil and gas industry and covered various coating topics including surface preparation, coating specification and selection requirements, coating assessment, latest technologies, and required training and certification programs.

The event was attended by more than 60 professionals from different operating facilities in Saudi Aramco.

The second workshop addressed the training and certification programs required to improve the competency level of the local coating vendors. The workshop was conducted at Le Meridien Alkhobar Hotel and attended by more than 120 participants from 52 companies.

SSPC meeting with vendors, contractors

Saudi Aramco contractors and suppliers discussed with SSPC representatives the challenges they face in the industrial coatings industry in Saudi Arabia.

“SSPC is a tremendous resource for the knowledge in coatings with many practical, hands-on programs that would benefit the coating activities that Saudi Aramco is doing both here and globally,” Al-Mansour noted.

“We felt it was important that SSPC did this step to establish the link with the oil and gas companies and address the demand of international members,” he added.

Worms agreed, stating, “SSPC is excited with the opportunity to share information about our programs with companies like Aramco. By partnering with world-class organizations such as Aramco on training and certifications programs, we feel we can benefit both them, and the industrial coatings industry.”

   

Tagged categories: Coating Materials; Coatings; Coatings education; Corrosion; Education; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); North America; Saudi Aramco; SSPC

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