Application of Explosives in the Oil Industry
International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Engineering
Volume 1, Issue 2, September 2013, Pages: 16-22
Received: Jul. 17, 2013; Published: Aug. 20, 2013
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Erick Galante, Instituto Militar de Engenharia, IME, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Assed Haddad, niversidade federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nathália Marques, BW OffShore, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The 20th century was largely dependent upon fossil fuel, in particular petroleum. The petroleum industry provides fuel and other compounds for modern society, ranging from natural gas, passing through diesel and culminating with polymers. These polymers are seeing in every aspect of modern life (books, computers, cars, foams, cloves, and so on). Due to this dependency, modern society would collapse without petroleum derivatives. The main source for raw petroleum rests in the deep sea, where the oil is imbedded in the rocks under the sea. The location of petroleum reservoirs and implementing the extraction facility requires large amounts of explosives. Due to the complexity of the subject, this paper presents the set of explosive applica-tions in the oil industry, discussing applications and which explosives are used in each and every one of these applications. The main contribution of this paper is to provide easiness on finding general information regarding explosives in the oil industry, as well as provide solid ground and background information for other studies.
Explosives, Oil Industry, Perforation Charges, Review
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Erick Galante, Assed Haddad, Nathália Marques, Application of Explosives in the Oil Industry, International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Engineering. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2013, pp. 16-22. doi: 10.11648/j.ogce.20130102.11
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