Petrobras: Collaboration with Embraer boosts safety in submarine wells

Collaboration with Embraer boosts safety in submarine wells

25-novos-pocos-blog.jpgStrict safety standards in operations characterize both the oil and gas industry and the aviation one. A collaboration signed with Embraer aiming to bring to the oil and gas industry the learning made in the aeronautical sector has already been showing results, promoting progress related to submarine well safety. The gains made with the collaboration were presented to guest offshore operators and representatives of the International Association of Drilling Companies (IADC) on Friday (May 5), in Houston, after the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).

Among the innovations that have been developed is the review and improvement of the SPM-type valve design, made by a BOP (Blow-Out Preventer) manufacturer, which is already available on the market. The new valve leads to increased reliability, ensuring fewer BOP failures, increasing operating safety, and reducing the likelihood of project delays.

Other project results include improvements in the Safety Index calculations (likelihood of completing the well phase without a BOP failure) and system reliability in drilling and completion activities; identifying the most critical component to increase BOP system reliability, and pinpointing opportunities and conceptual design developments for a new regulating valve with a focus on reliability.

The project was signed during the OTC in 2014, and focused on the first phase of the BOP, a device responsible for making sure oil wells are sealed, thus preventing leaks.

Safety valves

In another meeting today, we presented our main initiatives in progress related to subsurface safety valves (SSSV) to guest offshore operators. These initiatives use the learning made in the project with Embraer and continue the effort to increase critical system reliability and safety in the construction and operation of submarine wells. By increasing safety valve reliability, it will be possible not only to boost the overall level of well safety and integrity, but also to reduce costs with interventions to correct faults. We seek to encourage industry participation in these initiatives and to foment the creation of others with the same objective.