The Materials Technology Institute is presenting a special Middle East/North Africa Technical Advisory Council (MENA-TAC)
event. MENA-TAC is a three-day event featuring a two-day In-Service FRP Training Program and a special one-day Chemical
Processing Industry Roundtable to learn about materials challenges in the Middle East and North Africa.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
FRP In-Service Inspection Training – Part One

8:00 am – 4:00 pm | FRP In-Service Inspection Training Part 1
• Introduction to FRP composites in the Chemical Industries
• Materials
• Design of Equipment
• Fabrication
• Inspection of new equipment during and after fabrication
• Preparing for in-service inspection
• In-service inspection

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
FRP In-Service Inspection Training – Part Two
8:00 am – 4:00 pm | FRP In-Service Inspection Training Part 2
• In-Service inspection (Continued)
• Fitness for Service determination (Including NDT)
• Repairs and modifications

Thursday, April 4, 2019
MENA-TAC/CPI Roundtable

7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:30 am Welcome to MENATAC
“This is MTI” – Byron Keelin, MTI Director of Operations

8:30 am – 9:00 am Using the MTI Website – Pradip Khaladkar, MTI

9:00 am – 9:20 am Keynote Speaker

9:20 am – 10:35 am Managing Aging Assets
• Pedro Siblesz, SABIC
• Sayee Raghunathan, Saudi Aramco

10:35 am – 10:45 am Break

10:50 am – 12:00 Noon Inspection/Management of CUI
• Khalid Sheltami, SABIC

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Detecting and Testing of HTHA
• Patrice Houlle, MTI
• Sayee Raghunathan, Saudi Aramco
• Serge DeMonte, Institut de Soudure Groupe

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Selection and Evaluating Suppliers for Supply and Repair of Nonmetallic PCE and Piping for Chemical Service
• Pradip Khaladkar, MTI

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Other Materials Challenges within the CPI - (Open discussion)

5:00 pm Adjourn


Al Reem Hotel

Al Jubail 35514
Saudi Arabia

Please follow the instructions to reserve a room:

1. Click this link, which will direct you to the MTI group reservations page:

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5. Mark that you've reviewed the terms and condition, then click the "Book Now" button

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March 29, 2019

Group Rate

900 SAR per night


Meeting Cost

CPI Roundtable Only: $90 US Dollars Per Person
Members: $500 US Dollars Per Person
Non-Members: $1,300 US Dollars Per Person

Late Registration:
Individual attendees registering after March 24, 2019 will be subject to a $50 late fee.

Company Group Discounts: For companies interested in bringing more than 10 employees for the event, please email or call +1 314-567-4111 for a group pricing discount code.


The government(s) of Saudi Arabia requires travelers to have a visa. Without a valid visa, immigration officials will not allow you to enter the country.

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mti Policies

Cancellation Refund Policy: Refunds for registrations cancelled before the refund deadline will be for all meeting charges minus a $15 cancellation fee. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER THE REFUND DEADLINE. The refund deadline is March 18, 2019.



frp inspection training program

Materials Technology Institute (MTI) is sponsoring a two-day training program on Inspection of In-Service FRP Equipment & Piping. This unique program will provide a comprehensive overview of the areas that are of critical importance for evaluating the quality and conformance of plant FRP equipment and piping, as well as providing some basis around Fitness for Service.

The classroom session is intended for plant, engineering or materials personnel and inspectors, desiring to improve their knowledge and understanding with respect to in-service FRP inspections. A team of practicing industrial subject matter experts will cover the following topics in this program:

  • Materials / Design / Fabrication
  • Inspection Practices / Inspection Philosophy
  • Failure Modes & Condition Assessment
  • Visual Inspection / Remote Visual Inspection
  • Fitness For Service
  • NDE / NDT / Destructive & Analytical Testing
  • Repairs and Alterations
  • Case Histories
  • Panel Discussions
  • Comprehension Evaluation & Review

chemical process industries refiners roundtable

MTI is hosting its first Chemical Processing Industry Roundtable in the Middle East/North African region. The meeting will be a discussion on several key materials challenges facing the CPI industry. This meeting is open to all member and non-member producers in the CPI and refining industry. The event will be held on April 4, 2019 at the Al Reem Hotel,
Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The Roundtable will feature technical presentations and panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Managing Aging Assets
  • Inspection/Management of CUI
  • Detecting and Testing of HTHA
  • Selection and Evaluating Suppliers for Supply and Repair of Nonmetallic PCE and Piping for Chemical Service
  • Networking and Social Hour
The meeting will also include a discussion on Materials Challenges within the CPI Industry.