Presentations from the 7th November Conference on Brazilian-Norwegian Energy Research

The November Conference has been held in Rio de Janeiro each year since 2013. Its original focus was on oil and gas research, but from this year is expanded to cover all of energy research, with special focus on the linkages between fossil energy and renewable energy.

The conference brings together researchers and industrial practitioners from Norway and Brazil to discuss and develop collaborations energy research and development. Connections made at earlier conferences have led to many fruitful collaborations. This year we will present the results of many of these projects.

The conference is supported by funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Innovation Norway. This year the conference has been sponsored by Equinor, IBM and Petrobras.

Plenary Session Monday 11th November: Industrial Perspectives and Digitalization Continues

Alex dal Pont, Petrobras CENPES.

Ruben Schulkes, Equinor.

Volmir Korzeniewski, Aker Solutions.

Bjarne Foss, NTNU “Sustainable transition in the energy sector through digitalization”

Ulisses Mello, IBM Research Brazil, “Digital Transformation in Upstream and the role of Artificial Intelligence.”

Morten Dæhlen, UiO, “From data to insight“.

Parallel Session Monday 11th November: Paths Towards Carbon Neutrality

The Brazilian power market and Hydro’s approach to renewables, Sergio Azevedo, Hydro Energia

Offshore Wind Potential of Rio Grande do Norte. Leonardo de Lima Oliveira, SENAI

Environmental and social aspects of offshore wind.  Juliette D. Leyris, Equinor

Hydrogen Production by Chemical Recirculation. José Nascimento, SENAI

The SINTEF research on Leading Edge Erosion within Off-Shore Wind, Daniel Blucher, SINTEF

Parallel Session Monday 11th November: Flow Assurance

Chair: Andrea Schmueli, SINTEF, João Carneiro, ISdB Flowtech

Pierre Henri d’Hausen, Total.

Deepwater Subsea Automated Pig Launcher (SAPL) Development on behalf of Production Assurance, Gloria Lucas (B), NOV.

Rethinking Flow assurance for long distance transport (hydrates and wax), Lars Strømmegjerde ,EMPIG

A Novel Approach to simulate Hydrates particles transport and agglomeration, ,  Vinicius Giradi ,ESSS and ISDB

Dispersions: from small scale to industrial conditions (NEXFLOW), Heiner Schümann and Marcelo Pasqualette, SINTEF- ISDB- PUC

Experiments and Modelling of dense phase CO2 and oil dispersions, Andrea Shmueli and Marcelo Pasqualette, SINTEF- ISDB

Hybrid-physics-data machine learning and CFD assisting one-dimensional modelling of two-phase flow, Oscar Hernandez Rodriguez, University of São Paulo (USP)/ LEMI

Parallel Session Monday 11th November: Digitalisation and Automation

Chair: David Cameron (N), SIRIUS Centre University of Oslo. Eduardo Camponogara (B), Federal University of Santa Catarina

Control performance monitoring, Morten Hovd (N), NTNU

Ai4Seismic: A platform to apply artificial intelligence to seismic data, Emilio Vital Brazil (B), IBM Research Brazil

Echo State Networks for Modeling and Control of Oil Wells, Eduardo Camponogara

Speeding up the numerical simulation of marine slender structures with machine learning, Vinicius Ribeiro Machado da Silva (B), TechnipFMC.

Using Machine Learning for Lifetime Extension of Subsea Assets – a Case Study, Rasmus Engrebretsen (N) 4Subsea, Sandro Pereira (B), Shell.

Plenary Session Tuesday 12th November: Energy Transitions

Tuukka Mäkitie, UiO, “The energy transition: moving oil and gas competences to new uses”

Asgeir Tomasgard, NTNU, “The interplay between natural gas and renewables in the energy transition”

Parallel Session Tuesday 12th November: Subsea Production and Operations (Subsea Development)

Chair: Professor Sigbjørn Sangesland, NTNU, Professor Celso Morooka, UNICAMP

Deepwater challenges and opportunities in Equinor, Dr. Peter W. J. Derks, Principal Researcher Research and Technology, Equinor Brazil

Underwater Technology Perspectives at PETROBRAS, Mr.  Kuchpil and Mr. Diego Alexandre Belmonte Barbosa – TES (Tecnologia de Equipamentos Submarinos) PETROBRAS

Chemical injection and subsea storage system – A novel system for batch chemical fluid displacement and distribution, Professor Tor Berge Gjersvik, NTNU

StationMar – Modelling and simulations of a novel floater concept for reduced heave motion PhD student Marcelo Jaculli, UNICAMP

A novel system for flushing of subsea systems and components, Professor Sigbjørn Sangesland, NTNU

Simulation for construction and operation of offshore salt caves for CO2 storage. Dr. Daniel Prata Vieira, USP

Digital Twins in subsea oil and gas production. Professor Argimiro Resende Secchi and Professor Mauricio Bezerra de Souza Junior, UFRJ

Parallel Session Tuesday 12th November: Environmental Monitoring

Chair: Steinar Sanni (N); NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Claudia Erber (B/N); Ocean Monitoring Bilateral Network

Sediment Profile Imaging (SPI) in Environmental Characterization and Monitoring, Leonardo Santi (B) PETROBRAS/AGP/UO-RIO/SMS/Meio Ambiente (Monitoramento Ambiental)

Innovative instruments for waves and current monitoring, Diego Bitencourt (B/N), Nortek Brasil RCTS

Autonomuous vehicles for environmental monitoring, Vegard E Hovstein/Renata Ferreira (N), Marine Robotics

NUPEM/UFRJ-Brazil attempts on environmental monitoring, Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca et al. (B), Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (NUPEM/UFRJ)

Environmental DNA: new opportunities for monitoring target indicator community species, Thierry Baussant  (N), NORCE Norwegian Research Centre – Environment

High-throughput metabarcoding of eukaryotic diversity for environmental monitoring of marine sediments, Thomas Dahlgren et al. (N) (presented by T. Baussant), NORCE Norwegian Research Centre – Environment

Using Weather Insights to inform and shape environmental strategy, Kieran Nash (B), StormGeo do Brasil, Serviços Meteorológicos e Oceanográficos

Ciências do Mar III: Enhancing Brazil’s Capability in Marine Science Research, Arthur Ayres Neto (B). Federal University Fluminense – Marine geology and geophysics

Parallel Session: Wednesday 13th November: Improved Oil Recovery

Common aims for Norwegian and Brazilian offshore oil and gas industry are to achieve exploration and production with energy-efficient and environmentally safe way. This session will, together with the Environment Monitoring session address the topics with emphasis on Environment and IOR – Improved Oil Recovery. The purpose is to achieve higher quality and output of the research and education for these combined IOR- and Environment aims. EOR is an important technology for both Norway and Brazil to maximize utilization of national resources. However, EOR will lead to increased use of EOR chemicals and additional top-side processes, therefore will require more and new research to minimize the environmental foot print and at the same time to improve energy efficiency. This session intends to gather professionals in both disciplines for discussions on future research efforts for offshore E&P in this context.