Petrobras, Shearwater forge alliance to transform seismic exploration 

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Brazilian oil giant Petrobras and Norwegian marine seismic services company Shearwater have announced a collaborative technology agreement aimed at reshaping seismic exploration and field developments.

Described as a multi-year strategic partnership, the alliance seeks to propel the seismic industry to unprecedented levels of performance, as outlined by Shearwater in a statement released on November 22. 

At the heart of the initiative lies Shearwater’s marine vibrator, known as project BASS. 

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This innovative seismic source technology, according to Shearwater, offers substantial advancements in operational efficiency, seismic data quality, and reduced sound emissions compared to traditional methods. The partnership is slated to industrialize Shearwater’s marine vibratory source technology and its associated services specifically tailored for the Brazilian offshore basins.

Roberta Alves Mendes, Reservoir Technology General Manager at Cenpes Petrobras, expressed, “This project aims to accelerate the exploration and development of the Brazilian fields, leveraging increased operational efficiency, innovative geophysical improvements, and better control of seismic frequencies emitted in the Brazilian waters.”

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Irene Waage Basili, Chief Executive Officer at Shearwater, highlighted the significance of this historic collaboration, stating, “This partnership combines cutting-edge technology and innovation with our well-established business relationship with Petrobras in Brazil. The amalgamation of this groundbreaking seismic source with our in-house Pearl node technology empowers Shearwater and Petrobras to set new standards of quality, efficiency, and sustainability in seismic solutions.”

In September of this year, Shearwater established a collaborative alliance with Argeo, a specialist in robotics and digital solutions catering to the marine sector. Their joint objective is to pioneer innovative technology and create novel solutions specifically geared towards enhancing the subsea and marine seismic industry.

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