TECHNOLOGIES OF THE FUTUREHow will oil and gas be produced in 10, 15, 20 years?
Our researchers, in partnership with suppliers and universities,
work daily designing new technologies.
Scroll down the page and meet some of the ongoing studies.
FPSO OF THE FUTURE
FPSOs (vessel-platforms) will be
adaptable to the unique characteristics
of each field.
The processing units on the vessel will be designed
allowing them to be modified or replaced as per the evolution in production.
Primary processing equipment
(oil, water, and gas
thanks to technologies such as ceramic membranes and microwaves. More compact, they may be installed on platforms or on the seabed.
Nanomaterials will be used to
of subsea materials and equipment.
Currently under study, for example, is the use of these smart materials for the instant reconstitution of coatings in the event of minor scratching and damages, thus avoiding production shutdowns for repairs.
AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLES
In addition to systems equipped with
features, cable-free robots are being tested to undertake continuous operation monitoring.
They will be fitted with sensors and controlled from viewing rooms located on land.
Oil, gas and water
separators are currently installed
on the platform,
but they can be deployed on the seabed,
The process will be controlled by
sensors, facilitating operations and
on the platforms. In some cases, platforms may not even be needed.
Submarine power distribution systems will feed the equipment on the seabed, transmitting
This is one of the innovations that will allow for the use of automated subsea to shore production flow systems.
Thus, the oil may be transported from the sea to land with no need to use platforms.
When building wells, we currently use
rigid risers to drill rocks.
flow down and gravel cuttings coming loose in the process come up through them.
Assembling and disassembling a drilling riser is quite time consuming.
Therefore, we have been studying riser-free drillingtechnologies.
With such technologies, fluid and cutting flows would take place by means of a
pair of flexible pipes, connected to an subsea pump. This installation is simpler,
and reducing costs.
We have tested nanoparticles for several purposes. When injected into the reservoirs, for example, certain nanoparticles may
from the rocks, thus increasing field production.
Focusing on developing technology, we were able to turn the pre-salt into a reality. Learn more.