15 March 2002 Infrared inspection applied to offshore platforms: Petrobras experience at Campos Basin
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Bacia de Campos (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil) is one of the biggest offshore petroleum fields in the world today. In June 2001, Bacia de Campos, having more than 490 oil wells, 34 offshore platforms and 7 modified ships in operation, reached 1,3 million barrels/day. If compared to OPEP countries only nine of them got an average production higher than 1 million barrels/day in 2000, which means it can be placed on the 10th position in the rank of oil producers. In this context this work aims not only to show the results achieved within the introduction of thermographic inspections in offshore oil production (platforms and ships), but also the financial results (ROI - Return of Investment) considering the use of this particular technique. Bacia de Campos got a ROI around 7 million dollars in the last 4 years, which means a hundred times higher than the total cost of thermographic services in the same period. As far as we know this is one of the best results already reported in the world. We also present the methodology applied to analyze thermal anomalies in electrical components and data management software, including advanced Digital Reports sent via Internet.
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Edson Andre Verdini, Attilio Bruno Veratti, "Infrared inspection applied to offshore platforms: Petrobras experience at Campos Basin", Proc. SPIE 4710, Thermosense XXIV, (15 March 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.459582; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459582

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