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After SLB launching its geosciences lab late last year, 2011 starts with agreements to build Halliburton and Tenaris Labs at the UFRJ Tech Park, which is already considered the main technology research hub in Latin America.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 1/17/2011 9:21:39 AM | with 0 comments


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New Maintenance Rig for the Campos Basin - More Urgently Needed
The importance of increasing the number of maintenance rigs in decreasing accident risks on older production rigs should not be underestimated, and Petrobras will need to speed up their construction, as there is no shortage of old rigs out there.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 1/12/2011 10:27:54 PM | with 0 comments


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Brazilian Offshore Subsea Lab
The Brazilian government and Navy are considering an ambitious plan for launching an offshore subsea lab to be located at the limit of the country´s territorial waters and beyond the farthest pre-salt play

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 1/10/2011 7:41:26 PM | with 0 comments


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Chinese Eyeing Increased Involvement in Brazilian O&G and Shipbuilding
Chinese companies such as Sinopec, Sinochem, CNOOC, CSSC are actively pursuing partnerships worldwide, in Brazil this effort is particularly noticeable through recent partnerships with O&G players such as Petrobras, Statoil and Repsol.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 1/5/2011 1:11:52 AM | with 0 comments


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Subsea Technology Development in Brazil - The Birth of a New Local Industry
The massive increase of E&P in Brazil, especially when concerned with deepwater is giving rise to a new subsea equipment and technology industry in the country.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 12/31/2010 10:41:56 AM | with 0 comments


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Discoveries, Confirmations , Production Start-ups and…Safety
The oil industry in Brazil finishes the year with intense activity on all fronts and the efforts are massive. However the risks taken on the deepwater projects and older production rigs may still lead to major spills if not kept in check.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 12/29/2010 8:41:18 PM | with 0 comments


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Rig Module Hub in Bahia
The Brazilian northeast state of Bahia will house various construction yards and shipyards dedicated to rig module construction, such as jackets and floats.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 12/22/2010 5:44:32 PM | with 0 comments


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Marine Turbines for Local FPSOs
Petrobras has started the tendering process for machinery for the 28 pre-salt FPSOs to be built in Brazil. Hopes are that such a large order will attract the limited number of marine turbine manufacturers to set shop in Brazil.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 12/17/2010 4:57:37 PM | with 0 comments


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Brazilian Pigging Technology
PipeWay is a Brazilian company specializing in pipeline inspection technology and pigging unit manufacture. Starting from a small back room in a Brazilian university, the company has grown to be the leading national pipe inspection company and is also gaining international reputation to boot.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 12/9/2010 7:27:11 PM | with 0 comments


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Controlled Growth for Brazil´s O&G Development
With the final voting of the new regulatory model for Brazil´s O&G market, Petrobras confirms it will control local development in order to let local industry catch up to the demand.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 12/7/2010 8:18:57 PM | with 0 comments


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Brazilian Subsea Equipment Market Views
With an eye on the lucrative subsea equipment market, suppliers are investing in technology, local workforce and expanding local facilities. New Brazilian companies specialized in subsea equipment and services also strive to compete with foreign suppliers.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 11/30/2010 10:08:38 PM | with 0 comments


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Petrobras Considering New Strategy for Driller Orders
Using its Norwegian branch to launch a drillship operator is one of the options that Petrobras is evaluating in order to administer the 28 drillships the company plans to order.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 11/29/2010 8:42:40 PM | with 0 comments


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General Electric Targeting Massive Growth in Brazil
Present in Brazil for over 90 years, GE is preparing to invest $500 million in Brazil along the next 3 years and maintain its investments in local training and research. GE O&G may be one of the main recipients of this local investment as it is a market with great growth potential and where GE already has a very strong presence.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 11/23/2010 6:35:32 PM | with 0 comments


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Maritime Infrastructure Projects Targeting Brazil O&G Market
As Petrobras announces that it will go through with five more deepwater pre-salt drilling projects this year, totaling 16 pre-salt wells drilled in 2010, a number which will probably increase in 2011 and more pre-salt, deepwater and shallow water plays keep being uncovered, new shipyard and new port projects are getting underway to make up the some of the infrastructure deficit in Brazil.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 11/18/2010 8:18:51 PM | with 0 comments


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Schlumberger Launches Strategic Investments in Brazil
The O&G service provider is giving priority to investments in Brazil as part of its worldwide investment strategy. Studying the Deepwater Pre-salt Carbonate Systems in Brazil is one of their main priorities.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 11/17/2010 10:47:22 AM | with 0 comments


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Strategic Local FPSO Builders Chosen
With the intention of making a more efficient pre-salt FPSO production in Brazil, Petrobras had selected the Rio Grande Shipyard works and dry-dock to be their FPSO production center.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 11/15/2010 3:20:58 PM | with 0 comments


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Logistics and Workforce Problems Plaguing Brazil´s O&G Development
While the news pertaining to discoveries and new field developments is highly encouraging, the bottleneck created by logistics needs for the pre-salt and lack of specialized workforce in various areas of the O&G industry is hindering a faster growth rate for the oil and shipbuilding industry in Brazil.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 11/10/2010 8:32:44 PM | with 0 comments


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New O&G Operators in Brazil – Aurizonia Petróleo
With the growth of the Brazilian O&G market, various small local operators has sprung up, truly coloring the oil market scene in the country and also attracting foreign investors looking at forming local partnerships.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 11/6/2010 3:55:06 PM | with 0 comments


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Subsea Equipment & Services Demand Continues Growing in Brazil
New discoveries and the development of deepwater and ultra-deepwater pre-salt increases the demand for subsea equipment and service providers, attracting various international and local companies to compete for subsea contracts for the Brazilian offshore.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 11/2/2010 6:53:34 PM | with 0 comments


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Flexible Risers in Deepwater Production – Reliability Concerns
Flexible risers are being extensively used worldwide for deepwater O&G extraction, offering many advantages over rigid risers. However concerns still exist about the overall safety of the system, especially concerning failures leading to hydrocarbon leaks in the ocean environment.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 10/28/2010 10:29:16 AM | with 0 comments


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New O&G Provinces in Brazil
The exploratory campaigns by Petrobras and other players continue uncovering new O&G provinces in Brazil.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 10/27/2010 6:47:17 PM | with 0 comments


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Temasek Holdings from Singapore Investing in Brazil´s O&G Market
Continuing the influx of foreign investments in Brazil´s O&G market, that has attracted investment groups from Europe, North America and Asia. Singapore state investment holding Temasek has recently acquired shares from Brazil´s Odebrecht Oil & Gas (OOG).

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 10/26/2010 8:32:47 PM | with 0 comments


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Rio Grande Naval Complex - Dedicated to Brazil´s Pre-salt
The launching of the Rio Grande Naval Complex completes another key project for pre-salt production, as the complex will house the hybrid pre-salt FPSO production line, which already has an order book for 8 units.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 10/21/2010 3:19:44 PM | with 0 comments


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New Petrobras Supply Chain Financing Engineering
Petrobras supply chain to receive an unheard of $1.8 billion (R$3 billion) in financing by major national banks.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 10/20/2010 9:49:58 AM | with 0 comments


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Carbon Fiber for Deepwater Umbilicals
The umbilicals in the oil and gas industry are the lifelines of deepwater O&G fields, connecting wells to the offshore platform. The use of carbon fiber rods to replace some of the steel sheathing is an interesting development for use in deepwater umbilicals.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 10/15/2010 7:40:24 AM | with 0 comments


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Petrobras Expands CENPES Research Center
The new facilities, including bold construction techniques, sustainability and eco-efficiency, represent an advance for Petrobras’ technology development.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 10/12/2010 6:28:31 AM | with 0 comments


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LLX Busy Building the Açu Super Port
Located in São João da Barra, about 4 hours north of the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Açu Superport is a private mixed-use port terminal that will have 10 docking berths; four for iron ore, two for oil-handling, one for coal and three for steel products, slag, granite and pig iron.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 10/5/2010 8:33:34 PM | with 0 comments


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Petrobras Shows Its Strength
With Brazilian presidential elections imminent, and having just completed its successful shares offer, Petrobras finds itself in a privileged position with the new pre-salt legislation guaranteeing the company as sole operator of all the pre-salt blocks negotiated from the 11th bidding round onwards.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 9/30/2010 8:11:45 AM | with 0 comments


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AUVs in the Brazilian O&G industry
AUVs had only been used for a limited number of tasks dictated by the technology available until newer technologies were developed. With the development of more advanced processing capabilities and high yield power supplies, AUVs are now being used in Brazil for some new tasks, although its primary function is still seismic studies and environment analysis.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 9/29/2010 1:10:20 PM | with 0 comments


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New Rig Module Construction Yards for Maritime Complex in Bahia
Four new construction yard foundations are being built in the Aratu Bay inside the Bay of All Saints (Baía de Todos os Santos), in the state of Bahia.

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News by Claudio Paschoa on 9/28/2010 9:11:02 PM | with 0 comments


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