Halliburton opens new research center in Brazil to help operators drill deeper

Halliburton has opened a new deepwater technology center in Brazil designed to be a global center of expertise as the country exploits major reserves in extreme deep water.

The company says Brazil is a hotbed of deepwater activity, with reserves estimated at 31 billion BOE.

But the fields are among the most complex ever drilled – located in 7,000 feet of water with reservoirs buried underneath salt layers up to 6,500 feet thick.

The new center, located at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Technology Park, will provide the setting for collaboration as the company works with the country’s universities and customer research groups.

“Technology has played an important role in addressing our customers’ challenges, particularly in Brazil’s deepwater as well as mature field environments,” said Tim Probert, president of Strategy and Corporate Development for Halliburton.

“This state-of-the-art center in Brazil, closer to our customers, allows us to accelerate new technology development and enable Halliburton to deliver even more innovative solutions to our customers faster.”

The 7,062-square-meter technology center is located on three floors and includes specialized laboratories, a collaboration room, a testing area, and conference and training rooms.

Halliburton operates in 11 locations across Brazil and employs approximately 2,000 people in the country.

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