Halliburton Co. will work with the Petrobras-led Libra Consortium to develop a digital twin for the Mero unitized field in the Libra Block offshore Brazil, Halliburton announced Dec. 11.

The digital twin for the pre-salt field system is expected to help the consortium reduce capital expenditures, accelerate production times and improve crude oil recovery rate using insights obtained in a real-time environment.

The digital twin is a virtual representation of the physical asset that replicates its behavior and characteristics, allowing operators to run “what if” scenarios to improve decision-making and maximize operational predictability for optimal field development.

Mero Phase 3 is located deep offshore, 112 miles off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, in the prolific pre-salt area of the Santos Basin. (Source: TotalEnergies)

Halliburton and Libra Consortium will develop an integrated and dynamic digital twin of the production system, including the reservoir, wells and subsea network. The digital twin will bring together asset sensors, data, and models, including 4D seismic, and smart completions through systems with a real-time view of the reservoir, wells, and facilities. According to Halliburton, this will assist with asset characterization, proactive reservoir monitoring, and planning and optimizing asset operations.

First production to the FPSO Marechal Duque de Caxias in 7,200 ft water depth is expected in 2024 from Phase 3 of the Mero development in the Santos Basin.

Petrobras operates the Mero unitized field in partnership with Shell Brasil, TotalEnergies, CNPC and CNOOC, and with Pré-Sal Petróleo SA (PPSA) representing the government in the non-contracted area.