The leading oil and gas event in Latin America, Rio Oil & Gas 2018, saw the official launch of a new NEL-backed Produced Water Club (PWC) for Brazil, along with a number of other collaborative ventures with Brazilian businesses and regulatory bodies.
“The new PWC will help build bridges between operators, regulators, technology providers and other stakeholders,” says Environmental Consultant, Dr Ming Yang, who attended the conference with Head of Sales and Marketing, Thomas McCudden. “The club will be based on the success of our UK PWC, but will reflect the key challenges facing industry in Brazil and the rest of South America.”
The Brazilian PWC will provide a place where members can discuss issues, share experiences and keep abreast of legislative and technological developments related to produced water management. Among the companies that have joined are Chevron, Petrobas and Repsol. Others, including PetroRio, have expressed a strong interest in taking part.
“As well as launching the Brazilian PWC, we also gave a presentation on our new Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF),” says Thomas. “This was done as part of a Department for International Trade innovation forum. Interest was high in the capabilities of the new facility and many representatives from Brazilian companies came to listen.”
Ming and Thomas also hosted an Oil in Produced Water (OiPW) measurement training course with the National Service for Industrial Training (SENAI). Thirty attendees from various operators took part. Ming and Thomas also met with the IBAMA, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources.
"We are keen to get IBAMA involved in the PWC,” says Thomas. “It is encouraging that they see NEL as a bridge between their operations and companies in the oil and gas sector.”
Alongside supporting the new PWC, NEL is due to undertake a significant amount of work in Brazil over the coming year. This includes a consultancy project on produced water management with SENAI and a project on oil sheens with Petrobas. Petrobas has also enquired about using NEL’s new AMF Facilities in 2019.
For more information, contact Thomas McCudden.
31 October 2018