Some news which may be of interest to those of my readership who are involved in Maritime design. The naval industry (Ship Design, Naval Construction, Naval or Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture, etc) is currently very lucrative in Brazil. As is the whole area of petrochemical extraction and it’s related sub-industries.
Ever since the initial discovery of the oil resources off the coast off the continent, there has been immense anticipation of just how large exactly they were. Of course, preliminary estimates were tentative. Then the more detailed studies began to sound fantastically optimistic. Such large numbers were suggested by experts, that many saw this as an opportunity for Brazil to leapfrog itself into a prime position in global oil production.
However, now that Petrobras (among others) has started to invest in the infrastructure for its future prospects, it certainly seems to be turning into reality.
For example; Petrobras is currently constructing 15 mobile oil processing ships for its current projects. This does not include what Petrobras will construct for its future prospects in the recently discovered oilfields in the Atlantic ocean to the east of Brazil. Such as in the Santos Basin, the Campos Basin (namely Peregrino), the Espirito-Santo Basin, the Jejuitinhonha & Camamu-Almada… all of which are off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
So to put this into context, each one of these 15 ships is valued at $1.3 billion dollars!
Through my recent conversations with senior members of this industry, I have become aware of the growth in this sector. To the extent that being a senior designer in this area, can mean you are at will to name your price ( meaning a more than substantial income), such is the current demand for these skills.
So, if you are thinking of expanding your horizons, and would like to be part of a developing resource… then Brazil is the place for you to go.
- Brazil’s Petrobras to buy Chinese steel for ships (reuters.com)
- Lula wants oil for Petrobras deal at $10 -paper (reuters.com)
- Petrobras and KL Energy In Joint Development Agreement to Optimize Cellulosic Ethanol Process for Sugarcane Bagasse Feedstock (greencarcongress.com)
- Petrobras $25 Billion Share Offering May Be Delayed (businessweek.com)
- WRAPUP 3-Brazil, Petrobras at odds; deal seen after Aug. 30 (reuters.com)
- Petrobras plans two more refinery shutdowns in 2010 (reuters.com)