Reference equipment for research into Brazilian pre-salt arrives at IPR

Project in partnership with Petrobras received investment of 20 million reais

30/04/2021 - 14h55

Photos: Bruno Todeschini

The Institute of Petroleum and Natural Resources (IPR) received recently the machinery acquired within the scope of the project Advanced Geochemistry and Geochronology (GEACRON), in collaboration with Petrobras. An investment in the approximate amount of BRL20 million has been made to create a reference laboratory for the development of studies into advanced isotopic research and geochronology in Brazil and to meet the demands of the oil and gas industry through research and development projects.

The high-resolution multicollector mass spectrometer was one of the machines acquired under the scope of the project and arrived last week. This equipment produced overseas can analyze isotopes of different metals, whose results can be used for rock dating, for instance. In addition to expanding the Institute’s analytical capacity, this equipment will be used to assist in the development of research in Brazil. Most investigations are currently carried out abroad or are limited to a few research institutions in our country.

“Today, national and international agencies are interested in knowing how and when the pre-salt deposit was formed. The pre-salt is one of the largest oil reserves in the world and this has made Brazil the center of attention in this line of research”, Dr. Luiz Frederico Rodrigues, coordinator of Geacron, says.

With the new equipment, it will be possible to learn more about analytical techniques that are not common in Brazil to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry of Brazil, which are currently serviced by international partners and agencies. In addition, because of the large number of routine chemical analyzes contained in this industry, IPR also begins training to meet new services with the new equipment.