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TECHNOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE

How 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 high-performance, flexible rigs
adaptable to the unique characteristics
of each field.

The processing units on the vessel will be designed
modularly
allowing them to be modified or replaced as per the evolution in production.

    FPSO OF THE FUTURE

    NEW GENERATION
    OF PROCESS
    EQUIPMENT

    Primary processing equipment
    (oil, water, and gas
    separators) will
    be four times smaller

    thanks to technologies such as ceramic membranes and microwaves. More compact, they may be installed on platforms or on the seabed.

    NEW GENERATION OF PROCESS EQUIPMENT
    NANOMATERIALS

    NANOMATERIALS

    Nanomaterials will be used to
    improve the performance
    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

    AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLES

    In addition to systems equipped with
    augmented reality
    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.

    SUBMARINE PROCESSING

    SUBMARINE
    PROCESSING

    Oil, gas and water
    separators are currently installed
    on the platform,
    but they can be deployed on the seabed,
    great depths

    The process will be controlled by sensors, facilitating operations and
    saving space

    on the platforms. In some cases, platforms may not even be needed.

      SUBMARINE POWER DISTRIBUTION

      SUBMARINE
      POWER DISTRIBUTION

      Submarine power distribution systems will feed the equipment on the seabed, transmitting
      power over great distances

      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.

      RISER-FREE
      DRILLING

      When building wells, we currently use rigid risers to drill rocks.
      Fluids that
      assist in drilling
      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,
      saving time
      and reducing costs.

        RISER-FREE DRILLING

        NANOPARTICLES

        We have tested nanoparticles for several purposes. When injected into the reservoirs, for example, certain nanoparticles may
        facilitate oil drainage
        from the rocks, thus increasing field production.

        NANOPARTICLES

        Focusing on developing technology, we were able to turn the pre-salt into a reality. Learn more.