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Halliburton Plans Digital Twin of Pre-Salt Field

The digital twin aims to allow Petrobras to optimize system settings to maximize production, increase recovery, and reduce risk.

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Halliburton announced it will work with Libra Consortium, led by Petrobras, to develop a digital twin for the Mero pre-salt field system in Brazil. The Libra digital twin aims to help the consortium reduce capital expenditures, accelerate production times, and improve crude oil recovery rate using new insights obtained in real time.

Digital twins are a virtual representation of a physical asset that replicates its behavior and characteristics. They allow operators to run “what if” scenarios to improve decision-making and maximize operational predictability for optimal field development.

Halliburton and Libra Consortium plan to develop an integrated and dynamic digital twin of the production system, including the reservoir, wells, and subsea network. The digital twin brings together asset sensors, data, and models, including 4D seismic, and smart completions through systems with a real-time view of the reservoir, wells, and facilities. This will assist with asset characterization, reservoir monitoring, and asset operations planning and optimization.

“This dynamic system will empower the consortium with comprehensive, continuous insights around optimization opportunities, cost-reduction potential, and uncertainty mitigation throughout the asset lifecycle,” said Nagaraj Srinivasan, senior vice president of Landmark, Halliburton Digital Solutions, and Consulting.

The Mero unitized field is operated by Petrobras, in partnership with Shell Brasil, TotalEnergies, the China National Petroleum Corporation, and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, and with Pré-Sal Petróleo SA representing the government in the noncontracted area.