Country watch: Aveva deal, Genesis acquisition, strike threat

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Oil and gas engineering firm Aveva has announced its software will be used in four refinery projects belonging to Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras (NYSE: PBR).

The equipment will be adopted by technology supplier Chemtech, which has contracts with Petrobras for the construction of the Comperj, Abreu e Lima, Premium I and II facilities.

"The Aveva applications increased the efficiency of producing documents from the piping, mechanical, structural, electrical and instrumentation design," Chemtech projects manager Érica Conceição said in a statement.

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Energy consultancy firm Genesis has struck a binding agreement for the purchase of Brazilian pipeline and structural engineering company Suporte.

"The acquisition of Suporte will help us provide subsea and consultancy services to all our customers in Brazil," Genesis managing director John Cambridge said in a statement.

Genesis has worked with Suporte since signing a 2002 joint venture to design a Campos basin gas pipeline off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, the statement added.

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An estimated 80,000 oil and gas workers across Brazil have threatened strike action over a pay dispute.

The FUP workers union says it has called for a 10% across-the-board increase after sector employers had offered a rise ranging from 0.9% to 1.2%.

"We have been orientated to reject the proposal and approve a 24-hour strike next Wednesday [Sep 26]," FUP spokesperson José Antônio Moraes told local media.