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The demand for minimising risk in oil and gas operations is driving the development of extensive qualification procedures for materials and components. Non-metallic materials in oilfield engineering comprise primarily composites, thermoset resins, thermoplastics and elastomers, alongside ceramics and high performance glass. There are new challenging drilling environments with high levels of sour gas, ultra deep sea platforms and extremes of heat (HPHT), ice and abrasive climates. In gas and oil recovery from fracking there are new equipment requirements too such as composite plugs.