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Brazil seeks partnerships with UK marine sector

10th December 2012

Brazilian venture lead by Petrobras hits UK to foster partnerships with local marine industries

Brazil seeks partnerships with UK marine sector
Until 2020 Brazil will order 48 probes, 198 support vessels, 38 rigs and 88 ships, amounting to a total of US 103.7bn in required investment

A contingent of Brazilian firms lead by Petrobras will on Monday visit the UK marine industry’s key manufacturing hotspots, as part of plans to seek partnerships with local firms which will provide their expertise and help Brazil’s maritime expansion plans.

The Brazilian mission is ranked by high profile representatives from transportation company Transpetro, the Brazilian Association of Offshore and Naval Construction Companies (Abenav) and lead by oil giant Petrobras. It will visit Aberdeen, Newcastle, Leicester and London to meet with UK businessmen and present the country’s demands for expertise and opportunities in the marine sector for the next decade.

Also ranking the Brazilian team is Paulo Sergio Rodrigues Alonso, executive coordinator of the Oil and Gas Industry National Mobilization Program (Prominp). Alonso has highlighted that until 2020 Brazil will order 48 probes, 198 support vessels, 38 rigs and 88 ships, amounting to a total of US 103.7bn in required investment.

Petrobras’ fleet expansion programme will see its fleet grow from 287 ships at the end of 2010 to 433 ships by 2017. Petrobras’ plan sees international partners as integral to developing the shipbuilding expertise required to expand Brazil’s offshore sector.

In 2013, the Brazilian mission will also visit Japan and Germany to present the same program and seek additional partnerships.

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