Coppe-UFRJ to use nuclear MRI in oil research

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  • Posted on May 15, 2015

    A nuclear MRI device developed with Brazilian technology will be used for oil well monitoring and exploration by the Well Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Laboratory of the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute in UFRJ (Coppe-UFRJ). The institution has established partnerships with Petrobras, BR and Petrogal to use the technology.

    The Specfit device was developed entirely in Brazil by Fine Instrument Technology (FIT) and acquired by Coppe’s Strategic Planning Program with resources from the National Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP). The project was funded with R$ 1,8 million from the Studies and Projects Financer (Finep) – part of the Ministry of Sciences, Technology and Innovation – for developing this technology.

    The equipment will be used to develop NMRI applications to monitor and explore oil wells. According to Professor Maurício Arouca, coordinator of the program, this will be done in a laboratory for the first time. “This is the first [device] made in Brazil with this purpose”.

    Currently, there are NMRI applications in oil explorations by a single company globally (Schlumberger), but using instruments inside the wells. The Well Engineering Lab intends to use Specfit to work with companies working in oil exploration in Brazil. “The NMRI is used so you can read what’s happening inside the rock. Knowing how it’s behaving, you can apply certain technologies to increase production”, informs Arouca. He estimates that an increase of even 1% to a well’s production means a lot of aggregate value to the operation.

    Source: Agência Brasil