- High-performing chemicals vital for offshore oil exploration and production
SAO PAULO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pre-salt represents a new technological frontier in the exploration and production of oil and gas. Oil exploration at this layer throws up numerous challenges such as high temperature and pressure, large amounts of carbon dioxide in the fluid, and risk of environmental damage. Chemicals that can aid exploration in these extreme conditions will find considerable uptake among oil and gas companies. The most popular type of chemicals will be corrosion inhibitors, antifoams, and those that offer thermal resistance, low toxicity, and a better environmental profile.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.chemicals.frost.com), Impacts of Oil and Gas Industry Growth in the Brazilian Chemicals Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $82.2 million in 2011 due to the increasing number of drilled wells, proved reserves and oil and gas production in the country.
Brazil is expected to be the eighth largest oil and gas producer in the world by 2020 and the fastest growing oil producer outside of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) till 2030. The country has identified new wells and revived old ones to enhance the domestic output, which has, in turn, augmented the demand for chemicals.
Brazil is the global leader in the research and development of offshore exploration and has encouraged many companies to establish research bases in the country.
"Brazil provides credit facilities to finance projects related to exploration and production of oil and gas," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Mariana Guercia. "The number of mergers and acquisitions in the industry testifies to the attractiveness of this business, which attracts further investments that ripple into the chemicals market."
Regulations stipulating the percentage of local content have also encouraged the use of domestically produced chemicals. However, the market is pegged back by the high costs of chemicals. The application of these chemicals in the sea, which is an aggressive environment, is largely responsible for their heavy price tags. Gas production and ultra-deep water exploration are relatively new activities in Brazil and require improved chemical solutions.
Besides its natural applications, chemicals used in the sea must ensure life optimization, transportation, charges resistance, and security for people and the environment alike. As these demands will considerably raise product costs, chemicals manufacturers will have to strategize to lower the costs of manufacturing to make them affordable.
"One way to minimize logistics costs is to install the chemical production units near the main Brazilian oil and gas extraction and production areas," noted Guercia. "Another solution is to develop multifunctional products that serve more than one application, as it improves the cost efficiency and thereby, adoption rates."
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