Hydrocarbon Potential assessment of the deep and ultra deep water of the Espírito Santo Basin based on Oil Slicks detected by RadarSAT satellite images
Multiclient studies available for the upcoming Bidding Rounds
The use of satellite radarsat-1 images to detect and characterize areas with oil seeps is a strategic technology for exploration in frontier areas were geophysical and geological data are scarce. This project makes use of an efficient digital treatment of RADARSAT-1 images to take into account meteorological phenomena that can hamper identification of oil-related signals on sea surface, as well as oceanographic processes that can generate false targets, misleading the interpretation of real oil seeps.
The presence of oil slicks and seeps at the surface of the ocean were identified in the Espírito Santo Basin. They occur from 20 and 4,200 meters of water depths and have surface areas as big as 0.04 and 2.20 square kilometers. The results of this study suggest that present-day oil generation and migration associated with active petroleum systems is taking place over a large area of the basin. The location of the seepage slicks is important information to support the decision for E&P companies to explore oil in deep waters of the Espírito Santo Basin.
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