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Pre-salt basin discoveries spurned technology wave – report

26th July 2012

Petrobras announces major breakthroughs in O&G technology development and research

Pre-salt basin discoveries spurned technology wave – report
The oil company’s main research centre, the Leopoldo Américo Miguez de Mello Centre for Research and Development (above), masterminded the technology. Petrobras has also conducted research in conjunction with Brazilian universities and other sector partners.

The discovery of pre-salt fields in 2006 lent a significant push to technological developments in Brazil, according to a report released by Petrobras on Tuesday. The Brazilian giant’s current exploration success rate is estimated at 85 per cent, it found.

The report brings together the main breakthroughs achieved in areas of basic engineering and research and development throughout 2011. During this period, some USD 1.5bn was spent on R&D, 47 per cent more than in 2010, it states.

Petrobras’ main technological projects included the integration of a stratigraphy software, Steno, to the geological simulator of hydrocarbon accumulations, SimBR.  Steno is able to estimate more precisely the distribution of sediments during layer formation.

The firm in addition invested some USD 11.27m in the first sampling of gas hydrates from the Pelotas Basin on the Brazilian coast. Petrobras believes the testing could pave the way to commercial exploration of hydrates as a new source of unconventional energy.

A world first is also heralded in the report. The drilling of a well in the Marlim field, Campos Basin premiered Liner Conveyed Gravel Pack (LCGP) technology. Developed in partnership with Baker Drilling Fluids and Halliburton, the technology reduces the drilling time in horizontal wells in mature sandstone reservoirs.

The oil company’s main research centre, the Leopoldo Américo Miguez de Mello Centre for Research and Development, masterminded the technology. Petrobras has also conducted research in conjunction with Brazilian universities and other sector partners.