Saudi oil company leads £2.9m investment in Cranfield firm Image TurquoisePR

CorrosionRADAR, the Cranfield University spin-out whose technology can detect and predict corrosion in pipelines, has attracted funding from the Middle East’s largest oil and gas company as part of a £2.9m investment round.

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures led the Series A round, with support from existing investors the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), Mercia’s EIS funds and angel investors.

CorrosionRADAR said the funding will enable it to strengthen its operations and widen efforts to address corrosion under insulation through digitalisation.

It follows successful on-site installations of its technology at a primary Aramco production facility.

Dr Chiraz Ennaceur, ceo CorrosionRADAR.

Dr Chiraz Ennaceur, ceo at CorrosionRADAR, said:

“We welcome this exciting collaboration with Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures as we step up the global response to corrosion through the adoption of digital solutions.

“This investment demonstrates a surge of confidence from the sector in the use of real-time data systems that will accurately predict leakages and the onset of structural failure.

“With the worldwide cost of corrosion at $2.5 trillion, a co-ordinated effort cannot come soon enough. CorrosionRADAR is showing that a sustainable path to increased safety and dramatically reduced costs is achievable right now, using new technology and wireless connectivity.”

CorrosionRADAR, which is based in Cranfield with an office in Cambridge, is seeing growing demand for its smart solutions as companies look to make their operations safer and more energy efficient through improved maintenance and management of assets.

Mercia first invested in CorrosionRADAR in 2017 when it was founded as a spin-out from Cranfield University. Stephen Windsor, investment manager at Mercia, said:

“CorrosionRADAR’s systems transform the way operators approach on-site inspection and maintenance. The company has gone from strength to strength and its ability to raise a sizeable scale-up round during these testing times is a huge testament to the hard work of the team.”

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.