This week, part of our team is in Norway leading the Technology Press Trip, and a group of four journalists are on board. They are Beatriz Cardoso (Subsea Brasil), Maria Fernanda Romero (TN Petróleo), Renato Martins (Agência Estado) and Rondinelle Tomazelli (A Gazeta). They are already in Bergen, where they will stay until Thursday morning. The next destination will be Stavanger.
This will also be the occasion of UTC 2013, the Underwater Technology Conference, in Bergen. This event is one of the most important meeting places for the subsea industry (more details on http://www.utc.no).
The first destination is naturally Bergen, and the agenda includes visits to companies from the region, as ClampOn, Valves of Norway, Aker Solutions SLS, FMC Technologies Subsea Services, among others. The Norwegian Centre of Expertise in Subsea is also part of the itinerary.
In the meantime in Rio, the Undersecretary of Energy, Logistics and Industrial Development, Marcelo Vertis, said the State of Rio de Janeiro is accelerating the plans of developing a subsea cluster, aiming to attract investments up to USD 2 billion in the next 2-3 years.
“All pieces of an economical cluster can be found there. But a lot to be done in the supply chain.” said Vertis.
Upstream wrote an article that was spread in Brasil Offshore: Rio de Janeiro plans for “subsea cluster”. The article can be read on this blog. The Undersecretary will lead 23 people coming from 10 companies to UTC in order to strengthen the work of structuring the cluster in Rio.
The NCE Subsea, Innovation Norway and INTSOK will meet the delegation, in addition to Mr. Vertis and other representatives from the Brazilian authorities. Norway is a good example of coordination between companies and the State, and the sector is very organised.
“Many are looking to develop in Rio and we are encouraging this,” Vertis added. According to him, his office has also been talking to Petrobras, Firjan (RJ Industrial Federation), ministries, IBP and BNDES about the subsea cluster project.