Industry body Subsea UK is inviting UK organisations to participate in the ‘UK and Brazil: Partners in Energy’ trade mission which takes place in June.

The mission has been organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) in partnership with Subsea UK, the Energy Industries Council and Scottish Development International. Now in its seventh year, it has grown significantly with over 250 Brazillian delegates participating in last year’s programme.

The purpose of the trade mission is to promote UK capabilities in the energy industry, enabling companies to share expertise and reinforce strategic partnerships with the Brazil energy sector.

Subsea UK will lead the subsea technologies section of the comprehensive programme which will enable UK companies to meet with major organisations such as Petrobras, Subsea 7 and Equinor.

NeilG02Neil Gordon, Chief Executive of Subsea UK

During the three-day event, delegates will have the opportunity to present their products and capabilities to an international audience in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, networking sessions and site visits with established Brazilian contractors will be arranged for delegates by the DIT team.

As part of the UK Government’s strategy to double British exports by 2020, Subsea UK is looking to strengthen global trade partnerships, export subsea expertise and increase the reputation of the sector. Subsea UK recently worked with DIT to identify and connect UK companies with Petrobras that had specific subsea capabilities that included: solutions for pipeline integrity, decommissioning, flow assurance and data acquisition.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK said: “Our recent work with Petrobras demonstrates a demand for UK companies to share their expertise and technologies in Brazil.

“As a DIT Trade Challenge Partner, Subsea UK continues to build international relationships, focusing on international business, exports and events. Previous missions to Brazil have been very successful and have resulted in promising business leads and opportunities for the companies involved.”

Jim Hewson of Freudenberg Oil and Gas Technologies, attended last year’s trade mission, he said: “The Brazil trade mission allowed us to gain a valuable insight into the workings of a complex country via a variety of mechanisms.

“Freudenberg had a piece of technology that we thought would be well suited to operations down in Rio and therefore it gave us a great opportunity to show our capabilities as a service provider.

“This trade mission is beneficial for small, independent service companies like Freudenberg. It provided a very cost-effective way of looking at a country and to assess whether you should be doing business there”.

The ‘UK and Brazil: Partners in Energy’ mission will take place from 03 – 05 June in Rio de Janeiro. To register for the subsea technologies trade mission, please email Trish Banks at [email protected]

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