BRAZIL: Petrobras’ Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) for Driverless Solutions National oil company Petrobras is seeking new technological solutions to reduce the use of divers in subsea activities. The Petrobras is specifically targeting driverless solutions in three subsea categories, including Flexible line inspections Class inspection and offshore jacket platforms; and Pull In/Pull Out Project and Operation. Once Petrobras identifies interested companies, it will follow up with an RFI and meeting requests. For more information, contact Regina Cunha, U.S. Commercial Service Rio de Janeiro.
CURACAO: Opportunity for a U.S. Company to Manage the Isla Refinery in Curacao RdK is the state owned company that owns the Isla Refinery. The Isla Refinery is a medium conversion petroleum refinery which has a nameplate capacity of 320,000 barrels per day. It is operated by a subsidiary of Venezuelan Oil Company, PDVSA, under a long-term lease agreement that expires December 31, 2019. Refineria di Korsou (RdK) wishes to elect a party, or joint venture, who will operate the oil refinery as of January 1, 2020. RdK aims to secure partners that will use, operate, maintain, and modernize the oil facilities and storage tanks. The refinery’s mission is to refine crude and process feedstock and deliver products and services to customers in the Latin American and Caribbean market. The products obtained at the refinery are: liquefied petroleum gases, naphthas, gasolines, polymers, kerosine, diesel, turbo fuel, distillates, high and low sulphur fuel oil, lubricants and asphalt. An important by-product is sulphur, recovered In the refining processes. These products are mainly supplied to the Caribbean, Venezuela and Latin American market. The local market is also supplied via the government owned marketing company “Curoil”. The company would have to setup a subsidiary registered in the country of Curacao. Deadline: 12/31/2019. Click HERE or contact Christian Olsen, U.S. State Department Curacao, at OlsenCR@state.gov for more information.
BRAZIL: Open Oil Acreage Opportunities – The Brazilian National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) has authorized Brazil’s Oil and Gas Regulator (ANP) to keep oil blocks not awarded in previous oil leasing rounds on permanent offer to interested oil companies. They represent a total of 846 areas or blocks, in thirteen different basins, with a total area of 285,400 km². In July 2018, ANP published the contract notice and model for concession licenses from the permanent offer. More details on the Open Acreage opportunities can be seen at http://rodadas.anp.gov.br/en/open-acreage. For more information, contact Regina Cunha, U.S. Commercial Service Rio de Janeiro.
INDIA: Large Private Sector Company Seeking Multiple Energy Products/Technologies
Bio-Fuels – Primarily Ethanol, 2nd generation (2-G) technology of conversion of Biomass to Ethanol. They are also interested in the entire business connect to explore setting up a Bio-Ethanol plant in India. Renewable Technologies to meet their Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) mandate. Geo-Thermal is high a contender because of its perceived potential but other renewable technologies can also be looked at. Conversion technologies for Waste plastics to fuels – Goal is to identify and adapt technology with a focus to set up plant to convert waste plastics to fuels. Also if not fuels than any value added product out of waste plastic would also be an area of interest. Cognitive approaches in Oil and Gas – Technology companies that could assist in deploying AI, M/c learning, IoT etc. to address business in terms of predictive analysis for both plant reliability and reducing unplanned shutdowns and also in trading and procurement by offering additional market intelligence. Block-Chain Technology in Oil and gas – same as above for their product supply chain requirement of fuel retail business. Technology on moisture condensation to drinking water – they plan to set up plants at various locations. Electric Charger technologies for EVs – To augment their retail fuel outlets (petrol pumps) with such options. Please contact Sanjay Arya, Energy Specialist, U.S. Embassy India, at Sanjay.Arya@trade.gov to learn more.