Following the announcement of three bidding rounds for this year and changes in regulatory policies, such as a flexibilization of local content rates and the end of the single operator in the pre-salt areas, Brazil is in a great moment to attract investments. It reflects at the largest global event of oil and gas industry, which took place until Friday (5/5) in Houston, where the country gets the spotlight on a pavilion composed of 42 companies, including a parallel programming with a presence of international investors.

In the event, representatives of the Brazilian Institute of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (IBP) and Petrobras, as well as authorities from the Ministry of Mines and Energy and experts presents the Brazilian Outlook for business prospects, both at the main event conference and in the Brazilian Pavilion.

The Brazilian Pavilion was launched on the first day of the event by the Minister of Mines and Energy, Fernando Coelho Filho. In addition to the minister, the  Secretary of Oil and Gas of the Ministry, Márcio Felix, the general director of the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), Décio Oddone, president of IBP, Jorge Camargo, president of Petrobras, Pedro Parente, among others Authorities.

The pavilion is organized by IBP and Apex-Brasil. After the launching cerimony, the minister participated of OTC Brazilian Day, an event to promote the upcoming edition of OTC Brasil in October, the same week of the pre-salt round bid. João Carlos de Luca, president of OTC of Houston, Joe Fowler, president of Petrobras, Pedro Parente, president of OTC Brasil and advisor of IBP were part of this activity.

In the topical luncheon “Opportunities without the Brazilian Oil and Gas Sector”, in the main Conference, Fernando Coelho Filho presented an optimistic outlook, speaking to potential investors about the moment of transition that a Brazilian industry is experiencing.

“We have a challenging agenda, but we are working to adress all the issues that impact the attractiveness of investments to the country,” Coelho said. He reinforced that the government is taking actions to stimulate a competitive and attractive environment for the investor.

The Brazilian Pavilion occupies an area of 850 square meters, with meeting rooms and a mini-auditorium with a schedule parallel to the official event. In all, 28 lectures from companies such as Petrobras, Chemtech, Radix, Petrec and Ouro Negro performed. The National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP), the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and the IBP itself also make presentations. Among the issues addressed are the auctions planned for this year, the development of new technologies and industry challenges.

Among the Brazilian companies participating in the Pavilion are: Actemium, Altona, AMT, Chemtech, Cladtek, Clark, Climb Offshore, CSL, Flexomarine, Forship, Frontec, HBR, Intelie, IPB, Locon, MFX, MRM, Navium, Netzsch , Nuclear, Oceanic, Black Gold, Petrec, PHDSoft, Presys, Polar Macaé, Radix, River Engineering, Roxtec, Sandech, Senai Cimatec, Triumph Logistics, Underwater, Uphill, Vanasa Multigas, Villares Metals and Vinci Energies.