TECHNOLOGICAL STRATEGIES FOR THE OPTIMIZATION OF BRAZILIAN PETROLEUM INDUSTRY

Baratelli , F. | Assayag, M. S. | Leite, L. F.

OnePetro 

TECHNOLOGICAL STRATEGIES FOR BRAZILIAN PETROLEUM INDUSTRY TECHNOLOGICAL STRATEGIES FOR THE OPTIMIZATION OF BRAZILIAN PETROLEUM INDUSTRY F. Baratelli Jr., M.S. Assayag, and L. F. Leite, PETROBRAS R&D CENTER (CENPES) Abstract. PETROBRAS, the Brazilian State-owned Company, facing great technological challenges on upstream operations (how to produce oil at water depth up to 2.000 m) as well as on downstream operation (how to process a heavy oil with high nitrogen level), developed the concept of technological system, embracing not only its Research Center but also suppliers, technology companies, services companies and universities, establishing partnership and strategic alliance to achieve the goals. A shared management system, with the creation of 2 strategic technological committees, one for upstream and other for downstream, facilitated the participation of general managers of operational departments in the definition of guidelines for research activities. Good integration with operational and research and engineering groups allowed the quick implementation of industrial testing of innovation. As a result, PETROBRAS is leader in offshore production in ultradeep waters as well as in some refining processes focused on heavy oil with high nitrogen content. Thanks to this shared management system, PETROBRAS is operational and technologically integrated, and this will be a definitive competitive advantage in the years to come. 1. OIL INDUSTRY IN BRASIL

INTRODUCTION

Brazilian oil products consumption is expected to grow 4% yearly next five years, This papers presents the technological from 1.8 million barrels per day in 2000 to 2.2 system built to help PETROBRAS face the million barrels per day in 2005. technological challenges in its operations. About 70% of crude oil processed in The papers is divided in 10 sections. The Brazil is produced locally, and the balance first section gives an brief overview of oil is imported, mainly from Argentine and industry in Brazil, the second section shows Saudi Arabia. the role of PETROBRAS in such market, the third describes the technological system built for the management of the multidisciplinary effort, the fourth details the shared management approaches adopted, the fifth summarizes upstream strategic directions. The sixth unveils the project portfolio for upstreams development. The seventh presents the results achieved so far in upstream technologies. The eighth section presents the downstream strategic directions for PETROBRAS The ninth section shows the portfolio of projects for downstream developments. The tenth, gives a summary of results Figure 1 ­ BRAZILIAN DEMAND OF achieved on downstream technologies. OIL PRODUCTS The last section concludes the article, As internal oil production is showing the importance of this shared increasing at higher pace than product management of development efforts for demands, if present level of investments in PETROBRAS. exploration and production is maintained, 185 T