Petrobras informs that it has signed a contract with the consortium formed by Alcatel Submarine Networks and Maersk for the construction and installation of the Permanent Seismic Monitoring System (PSMS) in the Mero field, in the Santos Basin.
The Mero PSMS project has unprecedented features in Brazil and incorporates state-of-the-art 4D seismic monitoring technology, with which seismic records obtained on different dates are used to track reservoir behavior over time.
The data acquired with the Permanent Seismic Monitoring System will make it possible to deepen the knowledge about the distribution of fluids in the reservoir and provide greater efficiency in the production of oil from the Mero field.
The contract signed with the consortium includes the construction and installation of 400 kilometers of optical fibers, distributed over an area of approximately 200 km² on the ocean floor. The optical fibers will be connected to the FPSO Sepetiba which, in connection with Petrobras’ offices, will allow remote and instant access to the data generated by the monitoring system. The installation of this system will start in 2024.
The unitized Mero field is operated by Petrobras (38.6%), in partnership with Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda (19.3%), TotalEnergies EP Brasil Ltda (19.3%), CNODC Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda (9.65%), CNOOC Petroleum Brasil Ltda (9.65%) and Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A (PPSA) (3.5%), as the Union’s representative in the non-contracted area.
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., better known by the portmanteau Petrobras is a state-owned Brazilian multinational corporation in the petroleum industry headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company’s name translates to Brazilian Petroleum Corporation — Petrobras.
The company was ranked #181 in the most recent Fortune Global 500 list. In the 2020 Forbes Global 2000, Petrobras was ranked as the 65th-largest public company in the world.
Petrobras was created in 1953 under the government of Brazilian president Getúlio Vargas with the slogan “The Oil is Ours” (Portuguese: “O petróleo é nosso”). It was given a legal monopoly in Brazil. In 1953, Brazil produced only 2,700 barrels of oil per day. In 1961, the company’s REDUC refinery began operations near Rio de Janeiro, and in 1963, its Cenpes research center opened in Rio de Janeiro; it remains one of the world’s largest centers dedicated to energy research. In 1968, the company established Petrobras Quimica S.A (“Petroquisa”), a subsidiary focused on petrochemicals and the conversion of naphtha into ethene.