Norwegian AI startup company Solution Seeker and Brazilian research institute ISDB FlowTech have been awarded an unprecedented 4-year contract for delivering Hybrid AI tools for optimizing production at the Brazilian flagship field Mero/Libra.
The project is focused on increasing production through digitalization and automation of optimization workflows. This builds on the potential of the highly instrumented Libra wells, production system and FPSOs to increase production rates, recovery potential and extend the economic lifetime of the wells. The high flow rates, pressures, gas-oil content and carbon dioxide have all increased complexity and therefore call for innovative advanced optimization technologies.
"We have worked closely with Solution Seeker to establish the concept of a Norwegian-Brazilian AI-hub in Rio" points out Joao Carneiro, Managing Partner of ISDB, a leading research institute in Brazil and a spin-off from SINTEF. Solution Seeker and ISDB FlowTech entered into a strategic partnership in May 2019.
Solution Seeker's country manager in Brazil, Guilherme Kessler, looks into adding 5 data scientists/programmers to the team in Brazil within the next year, with a mix of expats and Brazilians to work alongside the research engineers from ISDB.
Innovation Norway and the EU innovation programme Innowwide have also been instrumental in providing financial support to get this 4-year project up and running, as has business development supplier M&O by providing on-demand assistance locally.