Second OTC Brasil attracts 15,000 to Rio de Janeiro (photos)

The second biennial OTC Brasil, a three-day spinoff of the massive Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, ended Thursday, having attracted 15,000 attendees to Rio de Janeiro, according to organizers.

The event brought engineers, scientists, technicians and energy industry executives from around the world to showcase and view the latest technology for offshore energy exploration and development, including in Brazil’s booming deep-water region.

Petrobras CEO Maria das Graca Foster spoke at the conference on Wednesday, saying that the Brazilian national oil company plans to double its size in six years, in part with the development of the massive offshore Libra field. She said Libra is expected to require the work of at least 12 rigs.

OTC partnered with the Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute to organize the event. The first OTC Brasil, held in 2011, attracted representatives from 430 companies and attendees from 68 countries.

The next OTC Brasil will be held Oct. 27 – 29, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference attracted nearly 105,000 people to the city in May, the second-highest attendance in the event’s 44-year history.

The next Houston OTC will be held May 5-8, 2014. The city also is hosting the Arctic Technology Conference, another event organized by OTC, on Feb. 10-12.

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