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Petrobras and Embraer to assess reliability of critical oilfield systems

Posted on 06 May 2014

Petrobras and Embraer have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to apply the rigorous standards practiced in the aerospace industry to assess the requirements and architecture of critical systems used in the exploration and production of oil and gas from the standpoint of safety, reliability and maintainability. Under the MOU signed this week at OTC, the first project will focus on the BOP.

The initiative is expected to increase the already significant industry efforts to improve the reliability of well control, IADC president/CEO Stephen Colville said. The work that now begins between Petrobras and Embraer aims to expand continuous improvement in well control, an effort under way through IADC’s recently established Well Control Institute (WCI). IADC hopes to collaborate with Petrobras and Embraer in this effort.

This partnership also opens a market for the Embraer Systems business unit, created to apply technologies and knowledge from the aerospace and defense/security markets to other industries.

“Bringing together two Brazilian companies recognized for their world-class technological expertise has all the chances of achieving new accomplishments that can become a global reference,” Rudimar Lorenzatto Andreis, Executive Manager of Offshore Well Construction for Petrobras, said. “In its commitment to continuous improvement, Petrobras pursues the establishment of a new level of safety and operational efficiency in the construction of offshore wells through the application of knowledge to defining the requirements, reliability and maintenance inherent to the aerospace industry.”

Daniel Moczydlower, President and CEO of Embraer Systems, commented: “We believe that technological collaboration between the oil industry and the aerospace industry can leverage important advances that will bring them mutual benefits to these industries and their respective chains of suppliers and partners.”

Preliminary studies conducted by the two companies show potential for developing solutions through the partnership. Embraer and Petrobras understand owning synergies of expertise in areas such as reliability and safety of critical systems applied to production.

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