Nature Challenges Posed by the Pre-Salt Reservoir
Sep 17, 2014
Dr. Alexandre Mussumeci

Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras recently announced that oil production from pre-salt fields off the coast of Brazil has surpassed the 500,000-barrel-of-oil per day. The rich reserve and advanced technology fuels Petrobras’ ambitious plan as they are now targeting 3.2 million bpd in 2018 which will enable pre-salt to account for 52% of total oil production.

Just like the shale gas boom in North America, the discovery of Brazil’s pre-salt reserves has swept the world off its feet. But it also raises some of the toughest technical and financial challenges for oil exploration and production companies.

Here, I summarized some natural challenges posed by the pre-salt reservoir. What are the other natural challenges that we should watch for?

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Dr. Alexandre Mussumeci

Dr. Alexandre Mussumeci was named Principal Engineer for Oil & Gas Technologies at GE Global Research Center in Rio de Janeiro in February 2014. He began his career at Petrobras in 1981 working on O&G production operations offshore Brazil. Dr. Mussumeci performed several studies in the flow assurance space including dynamic simulation of multiphase flow in pipes, thermodynamic analysis and PVT characterization of reservoir fluids. He also performed studies related to deposition phenomena such as paraffin waxes, asphaltenes and gas hydrates. Dr. Mussumeci earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1980 and 1988, and his Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1998.