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Brasil Energy

Fresh Paint

With more than 100 projects underway, ranging from the construction of new refineries to the modernization of current refineries, the Supply Area of Petrobras will start 2012 with a number of reasons for celebration. A record number of…

Crisis? What Crisis?

The economic crisis that is afflicting the European Union once again is frightening Brazilian industrial exporters, the way it did during the global recession of 2008/09. Yet natural gas sales in the country continue to rise without…

On The Cutting Edge

After more than 20 years in Brazil, the Ship Power Division of the Finnish company Wärtsilä finished 2011 with a contract that could represent a benchmark for its activities in Brazil. The agreement calls for the development of…

Easier Credit

Even though they are acting through independent agreements among themselves, the associated companies of the four Petro Networks in the state of Rio de Janeiro have obtained significant results in recent years —beginning…

Catalogued Companies

In addition to the Petro Networks, there are other initiatives in Brazil that bring together suppliers in the oil and gas industry to promote business, encourage partnerships and bring new companies into the productive chain…

R&D Attracts US$ 221 MM

Eighteen companies will invest R$ 395 million (US$ 221 MM) over the next three years in solar power R&D in Brazil. The projects total 25 MWp of power and were approved in the strategic program “Technical and…

New Rules Coming

Aneel has postponed — from December last year until February of this year — the regulations for the incentives for distributed solar energy micro-generation (less than 100 kW) and mini-generation…

Solar Policy

Members of the government are signaling that the public policy option for the solar energy industry in Brazil will be for distributed generation. Subsidies are practically discarded and the auctions may be very expensive,…

Now A Field

The prospect formerly known as Guará is now called Sapinhoá. With an estimated recoverable volume of oil of 2.1 billion boe, Petrobras declared the area commercially viable at the end of 2011, and it is…

Cleaner Fuels

The units that are being inaugurated in Brazil’s refineries in 2011 and forecast for 2012 are part of an investment cycle begun in 2004 to improve the quality of fuels sold in Brazil. The investments were a response…

Shipbuilders Riding A Good Wave

By Ariovaldo Rocha* Brazilian shipyards’ order books currently exceed 6 million DWT, consisting of 300 hulls of different types — from port tugs to Suezmax tankers, state-of-the-art offshore supply vessels, 18…

From Shallow To Deep

Technip took a strategic step to expand its subsea business through the purchase of Global Industries at the end of 2011. Worth US$ 1.073 billion, the operation served to supplement the company’s portfolio, focused on deep water…