Brazil to open major subsalt research center

Brazil’s Federal University at Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) plans to open a $10-million research center to facilitate research into development of massive subsalt hydrocarbons offshore.

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HOUSTON -- Brazil’s Federal University at Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) plans to open a $10-million research center to facilitate research into development of massive subsalt hydrocarbons offshore.

National oil company Petrobras and technology giant Schlumberger have partnered with the university to build the international research facility at UFRJ’s technology campus next to the COPPE’s “Ocean Lab”, another state of the art subsea research facility. Petrobras will provide the funding for the facility.

Schlumberger will focus on developing new technologies for the oil and gas industry in Brazil. It will direct its activities towards three main areas:

- developing geosciences software for the exploration and production sector;

- creating new technologies to face the challenges of producing and characterizing reservoirs in the subsalt;

- and, building a center of excellence in geophysical processing and interpretation which will also encompass 4D and seismic and electromagnetic measurement technologies.

For Petrobras, the facility will make it possible to develop experimental infrastructure with the advantage of the local suppliers being on board during the research and better able to supply the technology once it is qualified.

Signed last February 16, the agreement foresees research projects in:

- Electromagnetic technologies to improve deep reservoir characterization;

- Eeismic data analyses technologies, also to improve reservoir characterization;

- Nuclear magnetic resonance technologies, aimed to characterize complex reservoirs; 

- H2S electrochemical sensors.

Additionally, six other projects are still under negotiation. The agreement will be in effect for three years, and can be renewed for an equal term.

09/11/2009

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