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Schlumberger opens Brazil research center

Friday, November 19, 2010

Schlumberger has inaugurated the Brazil Research and Geoengineering Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Center is designed to promote the integration of geosciences and engineering to improve hydrocarbon production and recovery from the complex deepwater reservoirs and pre-salt carbonates offshore Brazil.

“We are very excited to be opening this new center here in Rio de Janeiro,” said Ana Zambelli, Brazil GeoMarket manager, Schlumberger. “Future oil and gas production will increasingly lie in technically complex environments such as pre-salt carbonates and deepwater areas and we expect this facility, the first multinational research center in Brazil, to play an important role in responding to these and other demanding technical challenges.”

The new center includes a Geoengineering Research Center, a Geoengineering Technology Center, and a GeoSolutions Hub in addition to a number of Reservoir Laboratories. Each element fills a key need in deepwater and pre-salt reservoir exploration and development. The Research Center, which is designed to work in close collaboration with both customers and academia, will conduct research and development to improve industry understanding of pre-salt formations and their optimal development.

The Geoengineering Technology Center will pursue geoscience workflows using Ocean application development and Petrel seismic-to-simulation software. Regional solutions to the integration of data from seismic and other techniques will be developed in the WesternGeco GeoSolutions Hub while three Reservoir Laboratories will provide the facilities to test and evaluate reservoir rocks and fluids under controlled conditions for multiple applications including well construction and reservoir stimulation.

The Center is the first such Schlumberger facility in the southern hemisphere and when fully staffed, up to 300 scientists, engineers and technical staff will work on the development of solutions to the technical challenges associated with the complex formations found deep offshore Brazil. Continuing a theme that now runs across all Schlumberger research centers, the new Brazil facility is located close to the leading academic expertise of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and is located on the same campus that houses the Petrobras CENPES Research Center.




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