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Editorial: A New Scenario Places Brazil at the Forefront of Deepwater Exploration and Production
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Long, high-angle wellbores allow operators to capture reserves once thought economically beyond their grasp. To make the most of his technology, operators should consider each extended-reach well a unique engineering-based project that accounts for drilling and completion goals from the earliest planning stages to initial production.
Robots fill a variety of roles in modern industry and society. Their commercial introduction in the 1950s was followed by a gradual acceptance in manufacturing; recently, however, there has been rapid growth in both domestic and commercial applications. This article describes historical perspectives on the field of robotics and discusses the development of robotics for use in the factory, the oil field, outer space and in the home.
Production from the carbonate and clastic turbidite reservoirs of Brazil’s prolific Campos basin may be surpassed by a deeper trend originating nearby. A giant field has been discovered beneath a thick evaporite layer in the Santos basin, and drilling campaigns in neighboring basins are extending this play northward.
The oil and gas industry is exploring the use of nanotechnologies to locate and extract oil and gas reserves. This article introduces the basics of nanotechnology, describes nanotechnology applications in the medical, electronics and cosmetics industries, and discusses the potential for nanomaterial-based projects in hydrocarbon production.
Well testing has long been a critical oil and gas exploration and development tool. For more than 25 years, separators used for these all-important operations have remained essentially unchanged. Now, innovations applied to an old standard promise to eliminate costly delays, reduce environmental risk and improve accuracy.
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