Shale gas, oil, minerals processing offer synergies in Brazil's Amazon basins

Fabiano Sayao LobatoConsulting GeophysicistKingwood, Tex.The Amazon region of Brazil is a trove of hydrocarbons and world class mineral resources, and the use of hydrocarbons to process its mineral resources could be the basis for sustainable economic development. The potential for both hydrocarbons and minerals is already immense even though the area is minimally explored.Horizontal drilling coupled with hydraulic fracturing can change the exploration outlook for hydrocarbons in the Amazon basins. Add to this the possibility of carbon dioxide injection to enhance oil recovery and a large avenue is open for utilization of vast mineral resources for sustainable development of the regional ...

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