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OTC Brasil Brings Together Professionals and Students from the Oil and Gas Sector at Industry Resumption Time

Pre-salt lucrative potential, regulatory changes, partnerships, and new technologies were some of the conference highlights.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (25 October, 2017) – The fourth edition of OTC Brasil demonstrated the optimism that oil and gas executives and professionals around the world have for the industry’s rebound. More than 8,500 professionals representing operating and service companies gathered at the event. The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and the Brazilian Institute of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (IBP), organized the event, which was held 24-26 October in Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro.

Key executives attended a panel session on Thursday afternoon which focused on the upcoming pre-salt 2nd and 3rd bid round sessions occurring Friday. Solange Guedes, Petrobras E&P Executive Director, led a panel that included the participation of Wael Sawan, Royal Dutch Shell Deepwater Executive Vice President; Bernard Looney, BP Upstream Chief Executive; Tomas Garcia Blanco, Repsol E&P Vice President for Europe, Africa and Brazil; Michael Hourcard, Total E&P Americas CEO; Anders Opedal, Statoil Executive Vice President and Statoil Brazil President; and Thore Kristianssen, Galp E&P COO.

The conference was also pleased to receive Fernando Coelho Filho, Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy. The Minister emphasized the government’s efforts to bring Brazil back on the road to success. “There are still many things to be done, and having industry events such as OTC Brasil shows we are on the right track. The energy industry in Brazil is going to get greater by the end of this week,” he said.

The good prospects for the pre-salt were also highlighted during OTC Brasil. In the panel “Pre-salt development – 1 billion bbl cumulative production: concepts, implementation and first results”, Joelson Mendes, Petrobras Executive Manager,said “Pre-salt reservoirs exceeded expectations.” According to Joelson, the area is very profitable and offers low production costs, with significant competitive advantages for the companies. Currently, the exploration in the region accounts for 51% of the state company production, while the other 49% goes to post-salt and offshore operations.

Other special events included the Distinguished Achievement Awards with keynote speaker Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; and a luncheon with keynote Andrew Brown, Shell’s E&P Global Director who talked about competitiveness in deepwater and shale markets. According to Brown, despite the differences, both areas are substantially improving.

João Carlos De Luca, OTC Brasil general chairman, said that the conference was a success and timely for the second and third rounds of the pre-salt, “I am sure that OTC Brasil has generated great opportunities for the entire oil and gas value chain and has enshrined this moment of resumption. The event was a stage for top executives of the world’s largest oil and gas companies to network and advance the development of new businesses and strategic partnerships that are bound to happen among the consortia participating in ANP’s bid rounds,” De Luca concluded.

The international exhibition featured 120+ exhibitors from 20 countries.

OTC Brasil 2017 sponsors included:

  • Petrobras
  • Total
  • Shell
  • BP
  • Fluor
  • Statoil
  • Baker Hughes – a GE Company
  • Chevron
  • TechnipFMC
  • Repsol Sinopec
  • Saipem
  • ExxonMobil
  • Vallourec
  • Galp/Petrogal
  • Queiroz Galvão
  • Flutrol
  • Aker Solutions
  • Subsea7
  • Brazil – U.S. Business Council
  • Firjan
  • OceanPact

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OTC Brasil 2017 Advisory Committee Convenes in Rio de Janeiro

Featuring the participation of Christino Áureo, Brazil’s Secretary of State for Civil and Economic Development; Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; João Carlos de Luca, Barra Energia-IBP President and OTC Brasil 2017 general chairman.

Richardson, Texas (2 August 2017)—The first OTC Brasil 2017 Advisory Committee Meeting happened on 25 July with several authorities, executives of oil and gas companies, and representatives of business entities in attendance.

Among them were Christino Áureo, Secretary of State for Civil and Economic Development; Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; three Petrobras directors; and João de Luca, OTC Brasil 2017 Chairman. Their planning will contribute to the success of the 2017 event, scheduled for 24-26 October at Rio Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Christino Áureo stressed that OTC Brasil will be held at an opportune time when the State of Rio begins its path of fiscal rebalancing and gradual recovery of economic development from the homologation of the Tax Recovery Regime.

He said, “OTC Brasil is a symbol of the turning point about to occur in the State with the adhesion to the Tax Recovery Regime. We believe in crossing the oil and gas sector – the main one in the state.”

According to the secretary, it is important to ensure a favorable environment for investments in the state’s oil and gas sector. He believes it is important to create an environment of understanding, making clear that the state is investment friendly and that any distortions in the tax or environmental environment will be resolved with wide negotiation and responsibility of all the parties seated at the table.

OTC Brasil Chairman João Carlos de Luca said he believes this edition will be marked by the optimism of companies who can benefit from the positive changes in Brazil’s regulatory environment.

A committee, under the leadership of João de Luca, is currently finalizing the 2017 technical program. View the current program at


About the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. Founded in 1969, OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston. OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic  Technology Conference (ATC), OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia.

About the Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP)

Founded in 1957, IBP is a private, non-profit organization focused on promoting the development of the Brazilian oil, gas and biofuels industry in a competitive, sustainable, ethical and socially responsible environment. Today, IBP congregates more than 240 associated companies and professionals, and it’s recognized as an important industry representative for its technical knowledge and fostering the debate of big industry issues. Organizer of the main oil & gas shows in Brazil, such as Rio Oil & Gas and OTC Brasil, IBP also develops technical courses and it´s also responsible for standardization, certification of inspection services and technical publications.


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Big Win for the Region at ATCE 2016!

Big Win for the Region at ATCE 2016!

Congratulations to the following members who were recognized during ATCE last September.

Regional Service Award Recipients:

  • Gonzalo Perez Cometto, Comodore, Argentina
  •  Joao Pereira, Quito, Ecuador

Regional Distinguished Corporate Support Award
Schlumberger del Ecuador

Petrobowl Championship Winners:
Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro

  • Claudio Alberto Salinas Tejerina
  • Felipe Adriao Cruz
  • Felippe Pardini De Souza
  • Gabriel Costa Magalhaes Da Cunha
  • Vinicius Ribeiro Dos Santos Veleda Moraes

International Student Paper Contest Winners:
1st Place-Undergraduate Division
Fernando Antonio Plazas Niño, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia
2nd Place-Master’s Division
Pedro Adrian, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

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Programa Técnico de Excelencia Preparado para LACPEC en Quito, Ecuador del 18 al 20 de Noviembre

Society of Petroleum Engineers
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Richardson, Texas (10 de agosto 2015)- La Conferencia de Ingeniería de Petróleo para América Latina y el Caribe (LACPEC) organizada por la Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) se llevará a cabo del 18 al 20 de noviembre en el Centro de Convenciones Quorum en Quito, Ecuador. Continue reading

Congratulations to 2013 Regional Award Winners

The 2013 Regional Award winners have been announced. Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. Awards are presented at the appropriate SPE region or SPE section meeting. Learn more about regional awards.

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Congratulations to 2013 Regional Awards Winners in Latin America and Caribbean

Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. Awards are presented at the appropriate SPE region or SPE section meeting. Continue reading

Congratulations to the 2013 International Award Winners

The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2013 International Award recipients at their recent meeting in Calgary, Canada. The winners were chosen from a pool of first-rate candidates. Seventeen international award committees recommended these winners to the board because of their outstanding and significant technical, professional, and service contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry. SPE President Egbert Imomoh will present the awards to the winners at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in New Orleans. Please join SPE in congratulating the 2013 SPE International Award recipients.

2011 International Award Winners

2012 International Award Winners

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SPE Launches PetroWiki, an Online Resource for E&P Knowledge-Sharing

MEDIA CONTACT:  Paige McCown, Senior Manager PR/Communications/Social Media, +1.713.457.6826,

San Antonio, Texas, USA (9 October 2012) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announced today the launch of a pilot for a new knowledge-sharing site called PetroWiki. PetroWiki will be the online resource to research and share knowledge about E&P industry operations, ranging from basic engineering calculations to best practices appropriate to specific regions, formations, or resource types. Continue reading

Chevron Corporation Commits USD 1 Million for SPE Programs

Support benefits students and energy education for the industry

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San Antonio, Texas, USA  ( 8 October 2012) –  The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announced today that Chevron Corporation has committed USD 1 million to support SPE programs dedicated to increasing student participation and advancing energy education. Continue reading

2012 Innovation Awards Winners at SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

With more than 1,500 attendees from around the globe and for the first time in the history of the SPE/APPEA HSE International Conference, awards were presented to recognise excellence and innovation in health and safety performance and environmental management at the conference dinner. These innovation awards serve to provide inspiration and to demonstrate how the industry is continuously raising the bar in health, safety and environmental performance, sharing best practice and providing inspiration to the entire industry.

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