In the kingdom of wet completion, Petrobras has just installed its first tension-leg wellhead platform, in the field of Papa Terra in 1190-m-deep water. It is going to be a revolution regarding how to operate such an installation and be able to produce the heavy oil of Papa Terra (14–17°API).
What is taking so long? Well, more than a decade into the intelligent-fields initiative, this is a question that remains prominent.
The oil industry has always been innovative, even under adverse and challenging conditions imposed by the nature of upstream projects.
Many good well-construction-technology papers came out last year, as well as a couple on older technologies that either had not been published earlier or had been released and were underappreciated.