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Petrobras carries out scientific expeditions in the Equatorial Margin region

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Researchers from Petrobras, the Geological Survey of Brazil (SGB), and 10 universities from the states that make up the geographical region of the Equatorial Margin, as well as two research institutions from the Southeast, has embarked for a scientific expedition on the Hydroceanographic Research Vessel (NPqHo) "Vital de Oliveira," operated by the Brazilian Navy.

For thirty days, scientists with different lines of research will be on board the vessel, mainly focused on deepening studies into the region's marine geology. The Equatorial Margin stretches from Rio Grande do Norte to Amapá and is considered the new and most promising exploratory frontier in deep water.

"This is the second expedition we've carried out in the area. Now, we're going to intensify our studies and update our data. In the future, we will apply technologies that were used in the Santos Basin, such as artificial intelligence, drones, and remote sensing, to produce knowledge of this environment and share this opportunity with academia and other institutions, especially with local research groups," says the company's president, Jean Paul Prates.

This year's expedition has expanded from eight to 28 scientists and two to 12 universities. Petrobras continually seeks to establish partnerships with research institutions to generate and expand knowledge about the regions where it operates. Much of the knowledge we have today about the marine ecosystems of the Campos and Santos basins was made possible by Petrobras. We want to do the same in the Equatorial Margin, generating relevant scientific information for our projects and academic research and thus contributing to national science," explains Carlos Travassos, Director of Engineering, Technology and Innovation at Petrobras.

From the results of this expedition, the scientific community will be able to have more information and monitor the relevant environmental components of the Equatorial Margin, such as habitats and sensitive biological groups, a fundamental step for future environmental programs that will lead Petrobras to generate biodiversity gains in the regions where it operates.

The studies will be carried out by collecting material between 130 and 800 m deep, about 150 km from the coast, in the maritime portion of Amapá. "This is one of the advantages of associated research since few institutions have the appropriate means to carry out expeditions like this," says Travassos.

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