NOF Energy has partnered with a Brazilian federation of businesses in a move to connect the energy industry supply chain across the Atlantic.
The County Durham-based energy industry body, which represents members across the UK, has drawn up an agreement with Sistema Firjan in Rio de Janeiro.
Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, following their meeting at a market visit to the UK this year.
The agreement aims to connect Rio de Janeiro’s energy sector with UK supply chain companies through information sharing and market visits.
Sistema FIRJAN is a non-profit, private organisation, working in partnership with the State of Rio de Janeiro, with more than 7,500 associated companies and in excess of 7,700 employees working for the business community statewide.
It is the fourth Brazilian organisation to join NOF Energy’s global partner network alongside The Federation of Industries of Rio Grande do Sul State (FIERGS), Rio Negócios and Federacao das Industrias do Estado de Sao Paulo (FIESP).
Joanne Leng MBE, deputy chief executive of NOF Energy, said: “Sistema FIRJAN is a very important organisation for the Brazilian energy sector. This agreement with further support our members’ ambitions to trade with the South American energy sector while enabling Brazilian companies to enhance their access to the skills and innovative technologies developed by UK suppliers.”
Eduardo Eugenio Gouvêa Vieira, Sistema FIRJAN president, added: “We are proud of this newest partner. It all started in February 2014 when a mission of UK government from Rio de Janeiro, leaded by us in partnership with Rio state government, went to the UK.
“The group visited Newcastle and Aberdeen and during the time there, FIRJAN made several contacts and started a discussion with NOF about the possibility of cooperation between the two organizations in the oil and gas segment, to exchange experiences.”