Rio de Janeiro Research and Technology Center

Improve reservoir recovery at reduced project cost

The Baker Hughes Rio de Janeiro Research and Technology Center (RRTC) will focus on developing cost-effective, superior solutions for complex challenges throughout Latin America, including deepwater pre-salt reservoirs. Our goal is to improve reservoir recovery and productivity while reducing project cost.

Initially, RRTC researchers are looking for ways to optimize workflows in wellbore construction and completion optimization, dynamic and static reservoir characterization, and production enhancement. Besides determining how we can apply our extensive portfolio of products and services to improve this work, we’re also establishing technology collaboration agreements with local operators, research institutes, and public and private universities.

Even before the center opened, we signed collaboration agreements with industry leaders, such as Petrobras, to develop technology for drilling, geosciences, completion, and flow assurance in pre-salt projects.

We’re setting up cooperation agreements with academia to leverage the current R&D infrastructure. Recently, we signed an agreement with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro for the design, construction, and operation of a full-scale drilling simulator to be located on campus.

We’ve also have cooperation agreements with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) to develop projects in drilling and reservoir recovery optimization, respectively.

The RRTC will promote student internships and scholarship programs so we can attract and maintain a talented workforce while continually supporting Brazil’s E&P research community.


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