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Combined with steerable streamer technology, the use of Fresnel zone binning has reduced infill surveys to single-digit cost percentages.
Reinterpretation of missing sections has resulted in downward reserve revision, location of a bypassed pay zone, a new pressure support scheme and a major discovery—each with significant monetary implications.
An assessment combining geology, geophysics and geotechnics can aid design decisions by determining the likely effect of geohazards such as active faults and seafloor erosion on planned deepwater structures.
To bring online its most promising deepwater province, Petrobras is employing a management model designed for integrated and harmonious planning and execution.
Only four years after the first discovery below the thick salt layer in Brazil’s deep water, a lengthening list of new finds indicates a long stretch of pre-salt reservoirs where three early successes may contain a total of as much as 14 billion boe.
Given regulatory uncertainty in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil’s established environmental regime is attracting deepwater technology suppliers.
Software changes happen frequently, making this invisible risk an integral part of an asset’s life that must be identified, quantified and mitigated.
Leveraging real-time data has increased production rates and improved reservoir management and production operations.
Coupling real-time technologies with predictive decision making creates potential for a step change in well construction and production.
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