DSEMCluster is following the business trend in Norway.

The oil production in Brazil began in 1941, in an onshore field called Candeias, in Bahia. Since then, exploration has advanced to shallow and deep waters, which now account for most of the produced volume. Brazil has 29 sedimentary basins with interest for hydrocarbon research, whose area is 7.175 million km². But only a small percentage of these areas are hired for exploration and production activities. The region of the Pre-salt polygon is distinguished by the presence of thick salt layers, mainly in Santos Basin, where the salt walls occur, which allowed a very efficient seal and provided the appropriate thermal conditions for the preservation of liquid hydrocarbons. This region includes the large structures with accumulations already discovered in the Pre-salt interval. The potential pre-salt resources are more than 30 billion barrels. With high quality reservoirs, large structures and 27 API in average, the pre-salt reservoirs are among the best opportunities in the world. Nowadays, pre-salt production accounts for 55% of Brazil´s oil production. Energy companies daily extract 1.5 million barrels of oil and 58 million cubic meters of pre-salt natural gas more than half of the national oil is from the deepest brazilian territory ever reached by technology. Today, 95 economic groups operate in the oil and gas sector, of which 48 are foreign companies.

With daily oil production of over 90 000 barrels per day from current fields and with expected investments of more than 15 billion USD until 2030, Brazil has become a core area for Equinor. Equinor’s assets in Brazil include the producing Peregrino field and the second phase of that project that is due to come on stream in 2020, a 25% share in the giant Roncador field, the significant pre-salt discoveries of Carcará and Pão de Açúcar, as well as globally competitive exploration acreage.

The subsea industry is considered the future of the oil gas and energy global market. Many efforts are being made by businesses and government activity in Research and Technological Development to promote cost and operation time reduction, risk mitigation, increase operational safety and mainly to productivity increase. But much still needs to be developed to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of this industry.

The sea bottom of our oceans is one of the least explored area on earth, and this fact is opening an important set of activities as the technological development increasingly enables human activity in these areas. Subsea and sea bottom activity is at the same time offering a huge potential and huge threats as we increasingly strive for sustainable solutions to safeguard our future.  The environmental consequences of these activities must therefore be investigated and the need for better knowledge and dissemination of the new information is huge. The DSEM Cluster project has substantial potential to contribute to this knowledge improvement. Norway and Brazil have considerable activity in geology and earth sciences as well as marine and maritime activities. The complexity of deep-sea environmental monitoring makes all the stakeholders interdependent of cooperation and thus motivates a joint effort and networking. Any future potential oil and gas developments need precise information about the state of the oceans, and the health and biodiversity of the oceans so that they can be protected in any development. The energy industry is going deeper and deeper in the ocean, using better and better technology, and science needs to be part of this process. What scientists learn and share about the ocean helps governments and commercial operators make informed choices. Considering the potential for sharing knowledge across disciplines and collaborating with multiple stakeholders, our network is connecting the key personnel and shall cross over the deep-sea expertise.

The two main pillars of cooperation between Norway and Brazil are Energy and Environment, and the DSEMCluster network aims to create opportunities for innovation with focus on developing services and technology that encompass these two sectors. Oil exploration and deep-sea environmental monitoring need to use the most advanced equipment as far as possible, must be remote and wireless. The companies have a common interest in collaborating on environmental monitoring, development of subsea technology to increase the deep-sea knowledge and cut the operation costs.

The DSEMC network is special also, because there are many universities involved. These are institutions that develop marine technology at all high international level. The research institutes need the subsea technology and energy sector support to increase the deep-sea environmental knowledge. The companies and research institutes shall cross valuable information about what does the technology needs for operations and environmental monitoring in the deep-sea. In this way we get a bilateral link between Brazil and Norway and between business and knowledge.

Last year (Oslo, 31 October 2018) a group of Nordic-based CEOs announced a joint initiative to speed up the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The group consists of the CEOs of Equinor, Hydro, the GSMA, Ìslandsbanki, Nokia, SAS, Swedbank, Telenor Group, Telia Company, Vestas and Yara International. The CEOs have joined forces to highlight the need for new business models that will drive the transition to a 21st century economy aligned with the ethical, social and environmental priorities. The CEOs have committed to aligning their business strategies with the UN SDGs and to exploring opportunities for collaboration and discussed the importance of global trade and public-private partnerships as vital preconditions for realizing the UN SDGs. Although the companies are different from the DSEMCluster partners, the business trend in Norway is evident: collaborative business models with long term vision and environmental concern.

DSEMCluster and the UN SD GG 17

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious effort to end poverty and hunger, to establish equality for all, to protect our planet, and to ensure a healthy, sustainable future for humankind. The UN wants to achieve these goals by 2030. Desire alone is not enough to achieve results; it also requires capacity. Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon believed the data revolution should be harnessed to help monitor and achieve the SDGs.

Deep-sea ecosystems are some of the most fragile and little understood on Earth. As a result, the knowledge needed to ensure a sustainable exploration and exploitation and to build appropriate policy frameworks is scarce. In particular, only limited areas of the seafloor have been mapped at a resolution sufficient to undertake meaningful resource assessments or exploration scenarios. A coherent and long-term research effort is needed to support evidence-based governance of the deep-sea biological, mineral and energy resources. This should also include coordinate efforts to undertake a high resolution, multi-beam survey and habitat distribution and develop fit for purpose equipment for the deep-sea and to combine the mapping effort with research on deep-sea ecosystems and habitats. This collaboration between industry and academy will develop a better understanding of the impacts of exploitation of deep-sea resources and provide guidance for environmental impact assessments.

Since the world ocean is an interconnected whole, much of the action needed to deliver understand the deep ocean requires cooperation between and among States, economic sectors and other actors. Partnerships are therefore an essential tool to in short term to strengthen researcher’s cooperation through joint activities, and in long-term create a data base with reference map of the deep-sea through international collaboration, designed for scientists, policy makers, industry, and society.

DSEMCluster aims to work following the GG 17:

The UN Global Goals can only be met if we work together. To build a better world, we need to be supportive, empathetic, inventive, passionate, and above all, cooperative:
17.6 Knowledge Sharing and Cooperation for Access to Science, Technology and Innovation
Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism.
17.16 Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.
17.17  Encourage Effective Partnerships
Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.


The DSEMCluster goal for 2019 is to identify new and improve existing ways of deep-sea science and services to the market and find new ways of creating value from in the blue economy.

DSEMCluster activities in 2018

In 2018, with the GCE Subsea support, REC got funds to participate in many important events for the energy sector in Norway and Brazil (ONS-Offshore Northern Seas and ROG-Rio Oil and Gas). REC was invited by Innovation Norway and Finep to organize one round-table during the Norway-Brazil Week 2018. The event theme was blue industries and deep-sea conservation, had 40 participants and 12 multidisciplinary speakers from Norway and Brazil. REC shall keep the network active to look for more and better ways to stimulate new bilateral concrete projects between the partners.

Understanding the environmental conditions of a site is important for a variety of reasons: it is a matter of understanding value and risk to support decision making; it might be a means for informing stakeholders; and can be a requirement imposed by regulators. Any future potential oil and gas developments do need precise information about the state of the oceans, biodiversity in there and the health of the oceans. The energy industry is going deeper and deeper in the ocean, using better and better technology, the science needs to be part of this process.

In order to boost the long-term development of ocean industries, while managing the ocean in responsible, sustainable ways it is necessary to “foster greater international co-operation in maritime science and technology as a mean to stimulate innovation and strengthen the sustainable development of the ocean economy, strengthen integrated ocean management, improve the statistical and methodological base at national and international level for measuring the scale and performance of ocean-based industries and their contribution to the overall economy, build more capacity for ocean industry foresight.” (The Ocean Economy in 2030 Report). Stakeholder engagement is an essential ingredient of modern-day ocean planning and management. Innovation will need to be an integral part of future solutions – in the design and implementation of the engagement process and in the choice of instruments. The deep-sea environmental monitoring is essential for economic, ecologic, safe and socially accepted use of energy resources and its legacies. Perhaps the most important knowledge gap is the knowledge of the effectiveness of alternative management options when applied in such a vast, dynamic space, much of which is beyond national jurisdiction, to reduce the impact of man-made stressors. Deep-sea monitoring shall address important societal issues, such as climate change adaptation, ecosystem conservation and sustainable resource management. Tackling these issues, along with efficient and clear stakeholder communication, is particularly important for the deep sea, which remains largely unexplored. Technological advances in recent years offer the ability to continuously monitor the ocean in time and space; in particular, autonomous vehicles, and cyber-infrastructure, including telecommunications and networking. If these technologies are applied more widely in the world’s oceans, they would add to the capacity to monitor the deep sea and feed the obtained information into science-policy interfaces and marine management and policy.

The two main pillars of cooperation between Norway and Brazil are Energy and Environment, and the DSEMCluster network shall create opportunities for innovation with focus on developing services and technology that encompass these two sectors. Oil exploration and deep-sea environmental monitoring need to use the most advanced equipment as far as possible, must be remote and wireless. The companies have a common interest in collaborating on environmental monitoring, development of subsea technology to increase the deep-sea knowledge and cut the operation costs.

The DSEMC network is special because there are many universities involved. These are institutions that develop marine technology and research at all high international level. The research institutes are depended the subsea technology and energy sector support to increase the deep-sea environmental knowledge. The companies and research institutes shall cross valuable information about what does the technology needs for operations and environmental monitoring in the deep-sea. In this way we get an important bilateral link between Brazil and Norway and between business and knowledge.


REC Report about the Blue Industries and DeepSea Conservation Round Table, Ocean Seminar and VI November Conference.

In collaboration with FINEP and CSA Ciencias Oceanicas Ltda. and financed by Innovation Norway, REC organized the Blue Industries and DeepSea Conservation Round Table event, during the the Norway Brazil Week 2018. The Norway Brazil Week 2018, is organized by Innovation Norway and The Norwegian Real Consulate from Rio de Janeiro to create an umbrella for several events that seek to emphasize and strengthen successful cooperation on various levels between both countries.  The Blue Industries & DeepSea Conservation Round-Table, was an afternoon event (14/11), with 40 participants and 12 speakers, from Brazil and Norway. The multidisciplinary speakers shared experiences about deep-sea marine biology, deep-sea environmental monitoring during oil and gas activities, management policies and successful experiences with data base solutions for the marine environment. The afternoon program was divided in 03 session: 02 session with 04 presentation each session and 01 discussion panel with 06 multidisciplinary professionals. In the end of the day, the company Maritime Robotics AS, exhibited the Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Otter and demonstrate the multiple users of their technology.

Here you can read the Report about the VI November Conference, Ocean Seminar amd Blue Industries & DeepSea Conservation Round- Table: NBW2018_CEnov_REPORT



Ocean is the most used system, and we need to act to keep the ability of the ocean to continue providing resources. The ocean needs funds for conservation and management. Technology can be developed as important tool for the ocean management. To innovate and manage in an integrated way is necessary more knowledge, capacity, competence, better and stronger policies. Links between academy and industry proved relevance and address the needs of the day for Brazil and Norway.

Brazil has implemented reforms in energy industry to develop better environment projects, and the new investments means more job and development. There is the need to invest in new technology and research, for the development of policies towards future, to explore in a safe way the pre-salt fields. For Norway is urgent to reduce the emissions following the Paris agreement, less CO2 emission are necessary to reach the UN goals. Therefore, renewable energy is the focus for the norwegian future energy industry.

Right balance to provide and increase energy with climate changes issues are the challenges and dilemma for the bilateral cooperation. The cooperation between authorities and workers, to facilitate dialogue, to solve problems and incoming challenges, are dependent of the key resource for management, which is the transfer of knowledge. Brazil and Norway have the potential together to develop the largest market for marine services and suppliers, world class energy production and leadership in the deep-sea research.

For the deep-sea conservation, both countries should give more emphasis on environmental licensing in processes of pipeline installation and drilling, avoid areas with occurrence of rhodolith beds, marine invertebrates communities (corals, sponges); install submarine devices (pipelines, equipment’s, anchoring) without impacts (or less impact) on deep-water corals; and drilling wells without impacts (or less impact) on deep-water corals. These challenges are similar to those experienced by oil and gas companies operating in Norwegian and Brazilian waters, and both countries can thus learn from each other’s experiences.

The petroleum is an ecosystem industry which produce innovation with multiple industries and technologies. Collaborating is important for innovation, R&D and clients to bring the dynamic for the ocean economy development. Deep-sea technologies are becoming faster and cheaper and digitalization is delivering value for the entire chain, of the energy industry, in Brazil and Norway. Science and industries together, balance of economy and conservation, strategy and planning, are the greatest challenges for norwegian-brazilian collaboration.

Blue economy is complex as the ocean complexity proprieties. To understand and manage the entire system is necessary a holistic approach to cross the different marine and maritime sector, to act and innovate for more sustainable and profitable business, and better conservation. Interdisciplinarity and integration are the key elements for the blue economy.

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health, and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework, that will ensure ocean science to fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.

We live in the most exciting place and most exciting moment to build the future of our oceans!

Blue Industries & Deep-sea Conservation Round-Table – Norway Brazil Week(s)2018

We are counting the days for our afternoon event  (14/11) as part of the Norway Brazil Week(s) 2018.

The event is scheduled for starting at 2PM and finishing at 6PM, at Praia do Flamengo 66 (CSA auditorium).

The Program is divided in 03 session: 02 session with 04 presentation each session and 01 discussion panel with 06 multidisciplinary professionals.

“The Blue Industries in the Deep-sea Session ” is divided in two main blocks:

Brazil & Norway Cooperation Outlook and Blue Industries Outlook.

The speakers shall present and discuss the Brazilian and Norwegian approach to the blue industry, their cooperation in a profitable and sustainable way, and innovation in deep-sea environmental monitoring.

Brazil & Norway Cooperation Outlook Speakers:

Mr. Rune Andersen Consul Science and Technology at Innovation Norway IN

The Global Growth Subsea Technologies O&G Brazil Program

Rune has worked strengthening the commercial and RD&I ties between Norway and Brazil for several years from the Oslo office. Since 2012, Rune has worked based at Rio office. Rune has an extensive knowledge about the Brazilian culture, institutions and language. In addition, he works in close cooperation with clusters and research institutions. He has a MSc in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.


Mr. Mauricio Syrio Project Superintendent FINEP

Knowledge-Building Projects for Industry by Finep&RCN

Mauricio Alves Syrio is currently superintendent of AFI, an operational area at Finep, whose mission is to promote R&D&I actions carried out by the business sector and to support the innovation business plans and projects of Brazilian companies through different financial tools (loans and grants). Mauricio represents FINEP in industry forums related activities end of the area he manages (AFI) and since October 2012, by Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation concierge designation integrates intergovernmental Task Force for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) between Brazil and Norway.


Mr. Adhemar Freire Country Manager – Brazil NORWEP

The Norwegian energy industry and international businesses and governments.

Adhemar Freire has more than 30 years of experience in Oil and Gas Industry. He is graduated in Mechanical Engineer by Universidade Gama Filho and in Law by Faculdades Integradas Bennett. He holds a MBA in Economic and Strategic Management of Business by Fundação Getulio Vargas. He has worked for multinational and national service companies and has joined Norwep (former INTSOK) in January 2013 as an advisor to Norwegian Energy partners in the Brazilian market.


Mr. Gisle Nondal R&D Manager GCESubsea

Norwegian Subsea Industry & perspectives with the Brazilian market.

Offshore experience from work on the Heimdal Platform in the North Sea, and significant maritime experience from work on several vessels. Arctic work experience from field campaign in Kings Bay, Ny Ålesund, Svalbard. International experience from master study in Reykjavik, Iceland. PhD in oceanography (marine biogeochemistry) and Cand.Scient in chemical oceanography. Has expertise with: Oceanography, science, marine science, chemistry, marine biogeochemistry, management, environmental impact assessment. Numerical modelling, Matlab, Unix, data collection, analysis and processing.


Blue Industries Outlook Speakers:

Mr. Jim Chamness Business Development Director Ciencias Oceanicas Ltda.

Experience: In the environmental area since 2000 with environmental licensing, implementation of environmental programs and management of SMS processes. She works withthe preparation of units (drilling rigs and Supply) for IBMA inspection. Currently is an environmental coordinator for both offshore and onshore activities in the area of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production. Coordinates the processes related to the licensing, compliance with environmental control programs and procedures and legal authorizations.

Mr. Frederico Marins Diretor Marketing Gardline Marine Sciences do Brasil

Professional with solid experience within marine market with 13 years working for the Oil & Gas, Renewables and Telecom industries in Brazil and Europe. Majority of experience is concetrated on business development, marketing management, and international corporate ventures. Strong commercial awareness and client orientation. As a Marketing Executive Officer he is responsible for Business Development, Marketing & Customer Relationship within Brazil and South American markets.

Dr. Steinar Sanni Chief Scientist IRIS/NORCE

Steinar Sanni is Chief scientist at the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE), and Associate professor at the University of Stavanger. He has more than thirty years of multidisciplinary experience as researcher within aquatic sciences, ranging from marine ecotoxicology and lake pollution to fish aquaculture. Development of methods and knowledge for environmental risk and monitoring related to oil and gas activities offshore has been his main focus the last twenty years.

Mr. Vegard Evjen Hovstein Managing Director Maritime Robotics AS

Managing Director at Maritime Robotics AS since 2007. Founder of Peregrine Dynamics AS Graduation and Master Degree at Norwegian University for Technology and Science. His Field Of Study was Control Engineering and Flight Control Systems.


The Round Table Discussion Panel will focus on how can we improve the deep-sea environmental monitoring, policy and practice. And how the different stakeholders that use the deep-sea can contribute to a more sustainable operations in the deep-sea environment.

Round Table Coordenator – Mr.Leonardo Santi Gardline Marine Sciences do Brasil

Marine Biologist, Master degree in Marine Science and PhD Biological Oceanography with 20 years of oceanographic and environmental science experience. Senior Scientist and Party Chief onboard research cruises for 10 years, using knowledge in Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) requirements to conduct offshore projects and preparing vessels for port audits and client needs.

Mr. Claudio Jorge Marins de Souza Superintendent of Technical Data ANP

GEOLOGIST – UFRRJ, 1989. SPECIALIZATION IN SANITARY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING – UERJ, 1991. MASTER DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY – UFF, 1995.EXTENSION – Geochemical Analysis Laboratory – State University New York at Stony Brook – Marine Science Research Center (MSRC), 1993.MBA – Oil and Gas – UFRJ/COPPE, 2000. CURRENTLY: ANP – National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Specialist in Regulation since 2005. Superintendent of Technical Data – Superintendent

Mr. Cristiano Villardo Environmental Analyst IBAMA

Cristiano has a Biology background and a Masters in Environmental Planning. Since 2002, he works as Environmental Analyst in IBAMA’s oil and gas licensing office. He has experience with environmental impact assessment of seismic surveys, and is currently involved with some environmental data management initiatives. He was the coordinator of IBAMA’s oil and gas licensing office from 2011 to 2014.

Dr. Fabio DiDario Associate Professor UFRJ/NUPEM

Fabio Di Dario is Associate Professor II at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in the Centre for Ecology and Socio-environmental Development of Macaé (NUPEM / UFRJ). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo (USP) (1996), a Master’s and Doctorate in Zoology from the Institute of Biosciences of USP (1999 and 2005) and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo (MZUSP)(2006-2007). During the years of 2002 and 2003 he was a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (USNM). He has experience in Zoology, with emphasis on Systematics, Morphology, Evolution, Biogeography and Conservation of Recent groups of fishes. He is currently the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences and Conservation (PPG-CiAC) at UFRJ, where he teaches in the Master and Doctorate. He is a member of the Deliberative Council of the Brazilian Society of Ichthyology (SBI), is a member of the GEOPROF – Deep Sea Fishes Research Group, and is co-leader of the GSE, Group of Systematics and Evolutionary Biology, both Research Groups of CNPq. He is also curator of the Fish Collection of NUPEM/UFRJ (NPM), and has acted in Outreach and Science Communication.

Dr. Fabiano Thompson Professor at UFRJ, COPPE, IB UFRJ/COPPE

Post doctorate at Ghent University, Belgium (2003-2004), Ph.D. Biochemistry at Ghent University, Belgium (2003), M.S. Biological Oceanography at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (1999), B.S. Oceanography Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (1997). From 2014 to present works at COPPE-UFRJ, Rio, as professor in the Production Engineer Program. Has over 160 published papers, 01 ASM edited book, 01 The Prokaryotes 4ed. Edited.

Dr. Steinar Sanni Chief Scientist IRIS/NORCE

Steinar Sanni is Chief scientist at the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE), and Associate professor at the University of Stavanger. He has more than thirty years of multidisciplinary experience as researcher within aquatic sciences, ranging from marine ecotoxicology and lake pollution to fish aquaculture. Development of methods and knowledge for environmental risk and monitoring related to oil and gas activities offshore has been his main focus the last twenty years.

Dr. Taran Thune Professor at University of Oslo

Taran Thune is professor of innovation management and policy at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her work concerns innovation processes and outcomes in multiple industries and economic sectors. She has recently completed a large research project on the transformation of the petroleum industry, looking particularly at innovation, technology transfer and diversification of petroleum supply firms, which has resulted in the book “Petroleum industry transformations : lessons from Norway and beyond” (published by Routledge).

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Lessons from Norwegian Petroleum Industry

“Knowledge creates resources just as experiences creates knowledges.”

Norway’s successful development as a petroleum economy is based on the combined development of strong and relevant knowledge capabilities and a collaborative mode of innovation which has promoted effective using of the existing innovation capabilities. This mode of innovation has become dominant in the global value chains of many industries, and that competence in this mode of innovation may be generic competitive advantage for succeeding in international competition. Norway has the financial power to invest in new industries and world leading capabilities in organising complex technology-intensive projects. Collaboratives innovations allow partners, old and new, to create a kind of flexible joint or connector that facilitates the recombination of the pieces of the learning economy across the sectors. Emphases in competence, not ownership, is crucial for the local value creation and internationalization.

Norway has a specific policy to develop technology-intensive-supply industry. Several policies and programs have also been set up to support development and deployment of new petroleum technologies, often based on collaboration between suppliers, knowledge providers and petroleum companies. Although R&D indicators illustrate that the Norwegian Petroleum sector had become increasingly innovative and technology-intensive it is still difficult to capture the nature of innovation in the petroleum sector. The key trends can be described as increasingly technology-intensive, increasingly global and increasingly diverse in competences and applications.

The norwegian supply industry emerged, expanded and became international during a period of transformation of the global industrial structure of the petroleum sector. During the recent decades the specialised suppliers have gradually played a more central role for innovation and technological development in the industry. The implication was a change of relations between supply firms and oil companies characterised by collaboration: the development of the collaborative innovation system strongly influenced by public policy. Partnerships between oil operators and with supply companies are important, organised as joint industry projects, commissioned work and collaborative R&D projects. In the oil industry the use of demonstration project and field-testing is necessary for successful commercialisation of new solutions, which means that suppliers are independent on the operators to get their technologies into the market. The actual design and development of new solutions is executed by suppliers, but the users need match capabilities to be able to determine their functionality within the overall system. The petroleum companies operationalise demands and set the direction for the innovative efforts carried out in the technology-intensive supply industry. Supply companies compete on developing technologically advanced and cost-competitive products and services for all phases of the petroleum extraction and production processes. In addition to majors’ players, both operators and services companies require products and services offered by an arranged of specialised sub-suppliers and public research communities. Innovation today is collaborative with the suppliers often taking the lead of the efforts.

Since the innovation activities are the result of collective efforts the evolving conditions for collaboration is also a key topic.

The industry faces new types of challenges demanding new types of solution; from competition from new ways of producing oil and gas, new form of renewable energy and climate policies. These challenges may demand new types of knowledge bases and new modes of innovation, demanding transformations processes with the supply industry playing an important role in this transformation.

Knowledge of what works today is an unreliable guide to what will be required tomorrow. The common response to this uncertainty is the opening or dismantling of closed R&D and production systems and significantly more collaboration with outsiders in both.

REFERENCE: Petroleum Industry Transformations. Lessons from Norway and beyond. Edited by Taran Thune, Ole Andreas Engen and Olav Wicken.

The BDA “Environmental DataBase” in Brazil – an important collaboration between ANP, IBAMA and industry.

The ANP launched on Tuesday (25/9), during Rio Oil & Gas, the Environmental Database, which brings together, on a single basis, research data related to environmental licensing during the exploration and production phases of Petroleum. The Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Norway, Ingvil Gjedde, participated in the launch; the Consul of Norway of Rio de Janeiro, Sissel Hodne, and the general coordinator of Environmental Licensing of Marine and Coastal Enterprises of Ibama, Antônio Borges. The Environmental Database – BDA was created in accordance with the Ordinance of the Ministry of the Environment No. 422, 10/26/11, which admits the implementation of regional environmental projects shared between companies, from the definition of responsibility for the execution .

The project is a partnership between the ANP and IBAMA. The objective is the collaboration between ANP and IBAMA in the process of granting environmental licenses, as it broadens access to reliable and georeferenced technical data. The tool will gather information from the various environmental databases that currently exist, as well as aggregate new data from future studies. Among them is, for example, the basis of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), related to the monitoring programs carried out during the seismic acquisitions carried out on the Brazilian coast.

The initiative is part of the Program for Modernization of Technical Data approved by the Board of Directors of ANP in early 2018, which involves four pillars of development: technology, infrastructure, regulation and environment. The ANP’s intention is to organize the current Exploration and Production Database (BDEP) as a technical reference and source of consultation for the industry, academia and government agencies. The joint initiative came from individual applications of the National Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) through the then General Coordination of Oil and Gas – CGPEG, current General Coordination of Marine and Coastal Enterprise – CGMAC, in the Terms of Reference 028/14, 034/14, 015/14, 019/14 and 029/14, respectively of geophysical companies CGG do Brasil Participações Ltda., Polarcus Servicios Geofísicos do Brasil Ltda., WesternGeco Serviços de Sísmica Ltda. and the operator Chariot Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda., which together with BGP Brasil Serviços e Equipamentos Geofísicos Ltda., PGS Investigação Petrolífera Ltda., TGS do Brasil Ltda. and Spectrum Geo do Brasil Geophysical Services Ltda., with the support of the International Association of Geophysical Enterprises (IAGC), have united to develop a unique product, together with ANP to create an environmental database with public access, generated by and for environmental licensing. The BDA development was carried out by the Prooceano company and started from rich technical discussions between the mentioned companies, CGMAC and the University of the Vale of Itajaí (UNIVALI), where it was initially hosted. In sequence, seeking a closer proximity to the industry, the bank was transferred to the Fluminense Federal University – UFF, in Rio de Janeiro. Then ANP understand the relevance of the initiative and the public nature of the information contained, and considered it appropriate with the support of IBAMA, to host, in its Exploration and Production Database, the environmental database.

INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY: The BDA shall be used as a support tool for optimization and modernization of the environmental licensing of the sector. The BDA can start-up the process to open a bigger Environmental Portal, dedicated to the Brazilian Oil and Gas Industry, with the integration of other databases of environmental and socioeconomic information from Brazil.

More info online: http://bdep.ambiental.anp.gov.br/

A taste of “The Atlas of Environmental Sensitivity to Oil -Characterization of the Campos Basin, Southwest Atlantic”

Authors: Agatha Cristinne Prudêncio Soares, Alexandra Elaine Rizzo, Alexandre Bigio Villas-Boas, Alexandre Fernandes Bamberg de Araujo, Alexandre Tadeu Politano, Alline Colli Dias, Ana Beatriz Aroeira Soares, Bruno Coutinho Kurtz, Caio Gomes, Carla Bernadete Madureira Cruz, Cristiane Carneiro Gomes, Diego Sperle, Dieter Muehe, Elisa Araujo Penna Caris, Elizabeth Maria Feitosa da Rocha de Souza, Estéfane Cardinot Reis, Fabiana Barbosa dos Santos, Fabio Di Dario, Flávia Moraes Lins de Barros, Gabriel Henrique da Silva, Jessica Cristina Saturno da Silva, Joel Christopher Creed, Leonardo Azevedo Klumb Oliveira, Leonardo Vidal Marques, Lia Osório Machado, Luana dos Santos Rosário, Luciana Finotti Tosin, Manoel do Couto Fernandes, Marcelo Bueno de Abreu, Marcia Abreu de Oliveira Figueiredo, Maria Cristina Ostrovski de Matos, Márcia dos Reis Gomes, Michael Maia Mincarone, Monika Richter, Oswaldo Luiz Peixoto, Paulo Márcio Leal de Menezes, Paulo Márcio Santos Costa, Paulo Ricardo Nucci, Pedro Henrique Ferreira Coura, Rafael Bessa, Rebeca Steiman, Renata dos Santos Gomes, Ricardo Silva Varotto, Rodrigo Castellari Gonzalez, Samir Khader, Simone Siag Oigman, Silvia Machado de Castro, Sirayama de Oliveira Ferreira Lima, Sulamita Oliveira Barbosa, Tereza Cristina Gonçalves da Silva, Vania Soares Alves.

Full ATLAS online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/book/9788535277357/atlas-de-sensibilidade-ambiental-ao-oleo

Deepocean environments have rapidly increased their economic importance for humanity as interest in their vast mineral and biological resources advances. Until recently, economic discussions about the oceans were concentrated mainly on the themes of fishery resources and international navigation. Such a context, coupled with the high costs and logistical difficulties for research in the region, contributes to the fact that the oceans are less scientifically known and less protected areas throughout the world. On the other hand, as science advances, we become more aware of the ecological importance of the environmental services provided by these ecosystems, whether due to their biodiversity, climate regulation capacity or their important biogeochemical cycles.

Aware of its responsibility to the environment in which it performs its activities, Petrobras articulates one of the largest programs in the world for deep water scientific characterization, involving the ecosystem study of several basins on the Brazilian coast. Research on the subject is complex and requires extensive collaborative and networked work by institutions in the regulatory, industry and academia fields. The Atlas work dimension is impressive, inaugurating a new regional oceanic research model in Brazil. The study involved experts from Petrobras and 20 Brazilian universities to cover, with scientific rigor, the geological, biological, physical and chemical aspects of the water column and sediments in more than 150,000 km2, about 3.5 times the area of the Rio de Janeiro state. There were more than 250 professionals, 8,500 ship hours, which corresponds to one year of offshore data collection, more than 20,000 chemical analyses and 10,000 biological analyses. The concern was also the conservation of the collected material, through investments in scientific collections, and the organization in a georeferenced database, with guarantee of equivalent procedures and in unified collections, for future use. In this way, the ATLAS aims to contribute to the structuring of a geographic database for the strategic perception of the Campos Basin, encompassing part of the states of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo and thus contribute to constitute an important patrimony of Brazilian and world research on the subject.

The Campos Basin is about 100,000 km2 and extends from the north of Rio de Janeiro to the south of the State of Espírito Santo, covering different environments such as beaches, lagoons, “restingas”, mangroves and islands. The Campos Basin, which accounts for about 70% of national oil production and 35% of natural gas production in 2013 (Jablonski, 2008; ANP, 2013), oil and natural gas exploration and production activities (E&P) potentially add new threats to local marine biodiversity, associated with leakage and spillage of substances derived from petroleum hydrocarbons, extremely harmful to the health of the marine ecosystem (Silva et al., 2008). The activities related to the offshore oil and gas industry in the Campos Basin involve the productive concentration of extraction fields, terminals and oil and gas pipelines and the development of the network of suppliers of goods and services to production. In recent years, the activities in question have been expanded with the start of layers of the so-called pre-salt. The main consequence for the coastal zone of the basin has been the growth and expansion of urbanization in the coastal areas, fuelled both by the oil and gas production chain and by the royalties from the exploration received which have been destined mainly to tourism and very little infrastructure and measures to prevent and mitigate accidents related to oil spills in the coastal zone (Egler et al., 2013). In 2000, with the approval of the “Oil Law” (Brazil, 2000), Brazil defined the principles prevention and mitigation of pollution caused by leakage of oil and other harmful or dangerous substances in waters under national jurisdiction. Letters of sensitivity to oil leakage in coastal areas began to be elaborated with the ultimate objective of helping to reduce and mitigate the environmental impacts caused by oil spills and guide the efforts of containment, cleaning and oil removal, by identifying the sensitivity of coastal and marine ecosystems, their biological resources and socioeconomic activities that characterize the occupation of the spaces and the use of coastal and marine resources (Gherardi et al., 2008). Many data on the occurrence of fish species, marine invertebrates, marine chelonians and cetaceans in the area of influence of the Campos Basin were compiled and inserted into the Environmental Sensitivity Information System (MAPS), in order to generate oil spill sensitivity maps. All the information registered in this system was made available on a geo-referenced cartographic basis to support the decision making in cases of environmental accidents involving this oil spill.

OPPORTUNITY TO BRAZIL: Throughout the world, protected areas represent important instruments for the in situ conservation of biodiversity. Brazil, by its nature, occupies a prominent position among megabiodiverse countries. It has some of the richest biomes on the planet in number of plant species, such as the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado. Among the Brazilian biomes, the Atlantic Forest is considered one of the global hotspots due to its reduced current remnants and high degree of threat from deforestation. The Campos Basin is fully integrated into the Atlantic Forest biome, which also includes what is the South Atlantic coastal marine biome. This extensive area is an important coastal zone, of great economic, social and ecological value. The exploitation of this territory requires a large infrastructure in terms of operations / facilities, both onshore and offshore, such as platforms, pipelines for the outflow of production, support bases, storage tanks, emissaries for the disposal of treated waters, as well as complex ship-supply operations and transportation of production (ANP, 2003).

CHALLENGES FOR RESEARCH: To represent the environmental sensitivity of the Campos Basin, it is necessary to have multidisciplinary teams in the areas of Geomorphology, Socioeconomics and Biology (fish, aquatic mammals, terrestrial mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, marine invertebrates, habitats and special plants. This information needs to be made available in an organized way, both in the form of maps and database. The limited knowledge of biodiversity can be explained by the lack of publications, especially those of a taxonomic nature. Most of the publications come from “gray” literature, ie information disseminated in a report (research, technical, projects), summaries and annals of symposiums and congresses, often with restricted or limited disclosure. Consequently, the lack of manuals, catalogues or regional guides makes it impossible to determine the rare or eventual species occurrences. It is fundamental to carry out studies throughout the region and to publish more comprehensively the data obtained. One of the major challenges in this process is the significant investments in data collection in order to reduce information gaps and keep the database updated.


Marine Biotechnology in Brazil: Recent Developments and Its Potential for Innovation

Authors: Fabiano Thompson, Ricardo Krüger, Cristiane C. Thompson, Roberto G. S. Berlinck,Ricardo Coutinho, Melissa F. Landell , Mauro Pavão, Paulo A. S. Mourão, Ana Salles, Naiane Negri , Fabyano A. C. Lopes , Vitor Freire, Alexandre J. Macedo,Marcelo Maraschin, Carlos D. Pérez , Renato C. Pereira, Gandhi Radis-Baptista, Rachel P. Rezende, Wagner C. Valenti, Paulo C. Abreu and BioTecMar Network.

FULL ARTICLE: fmars-05-00236 (2)

Marine biotechnology is an emerging field in Brazil and includes the exploration of marine microbial products, aquaculture, omics, isolation of biologically active compounds, identification of biosynthetic gene clusters from symbiotic microorganisms, investigation of invertebrate diseases caused by potentially pathogenic marine microbes, and development of antifouling compounds. Furthermore, the field also encompasses description of new biological niches, current threats, preservation strategies as well as its biotechnological potential. Finally, it is important to depict some of the major approaches and tools being employed to such end. To address the challenges of marine biotechnology, the Brazilian government, through the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communication, has established the National Research Network in Marine Biotechnology (BiotecMar) (www.biotecmar.sage.coppe.ufrj.br). Its main objective is to harness marine biodiversity and develop the marine bioeconomy through innovative research.



Funding for the development of marine biotechnology in Brazil has been provided by federal and state governments. The Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC), Ministry of Health (MS), and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) have supported marine biotechnology by means of public research calls in the last decade. The Brazilian government, through MCTIC, has established the National Research Network in Marine Biotechnology (BiotecMar) to foster the Brazilian bioeconomy (www.biotecmar.sage.coppe.ufrj.br). This national network was foreseen in the IX Sectoral Plan for Resources of the Sea of the Interministerial Commission for the Resources of the Sea (https://www.marinha.mil.br/secirm/psrm) and was a natural development to address local and global challenges in marine bioeconomy. Itsmain objective is to promote innovative research in the areas of biodiversity, microbiology, bioprospecting, genomics, post-genomics (-omics), structural elucidation, largescale production, sustainability analysis, technical and economic feasibility, and transfer to the production sector. The network’s mission is to move Brazil closer to developed nations in terms of research, marine technology, and marine bioeconomy over a 10-year horizon. Networking is of paramount importance to (i) establish multidisciplinary specialized teams, (ii) integrate laboratories with complementary skills; (iii) carry out extensive geographic surveys in the yet poorly understood Brazilian marine environment (4.5 million km2); (iv) promote more harmonious and broader development of all geographical regions of the country through research, development, and innovation, and (v) build agreements and cooperation with the production sector and governmental regulatory agencies (e.g., ministries) to accelerate concerted action to expand the marine bioeconomy. To achieve this mission, the activities of the BiotecMar network include (i) research, development and innovation, (ii) development of state-of-the-art technology and quality services, (iii) human resources training, (iv) subsidies to government agencies for the elaboration of public policies and research funding, and (v) assistance in the elaboration and execution of international collaboration programs. The current activities of the BiotecMar Network are carried out in strategic areas that bring together the researchers and infrastructure of nine laboratories (Biodiversity, Omics and Bioinformatics, Prospecting of Drugs and Nutraceuticals, Antifouling, Aquaculture Production, Renewable Energy, Generation of Bioprocesses, Sustainability, and Bioassays) in different regions of Brazil (http://www.biotecmar.sage.coppe.ufrj.br). Establishing a world-class network requires sustained efforts to map the skills and infrastructure of laboratories and equipment across the country and abroad, identify gaps in the infrastructure and competencies of the various laboratories, and integrate them into the network. In an ever-growing complex market, it is important to identify the demands of users in the public and private sectors and identify ways to meet these demands through the best technologies and channels of communication with entrepreneurs.

It is clear that concerted efforts are required to develop marine biotechnology in Brazil; they should include the efforts of highly equipped and well-trained international teams that bring together academia, industry, and government. This integrative approach requires a joint plan and strategy to meet the expectations and challenges of developing a bioeconomy in this century. In addition to funding, government will likely play a key role in the development of marine biotechnology through unifying academic institutions toward common goals, promoting interaction between academia and private sector counterparts, passing legislation for access to sites, and exploring marine biological diversity.


SAVE THE DATE 14/11: Blue Industries & DeepSea Conservation Round-Table!

The purpose of the Round-Table is to take part on the Norway Brazil Week.

The Norway-Brazil Week events are organized by Innovation Norway (IN) and Norwegian Embassy, Norwegian Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro and FINEP. https://norwaybrazilweek.com.br/

The Norway Brazil Week aims to create an umbrella for several events that seek to emphasize and strengthen successful cooperation on various levels between both countries. Moreover, the creation of a meeting place of high-level decision makers from both Norway and Brazil is envisaged, while also creating an arena where Norwegian SME’s can actively engage with business partners, clients and technology leaders.

The Norway-Brazil Week events are an opportunity to consolidate the network created by REC, in the previous projects during 2017. The DSEMCluster Round table will emphasize and strengthen the successful cooperation between Brazil and Norway and will bring a new hot topic where professionals from supply chain development, R&D and political framework for deep-sea environment will discuss together.

The Blue industries and Deep-sea Conservation Round table discussion will be based on opportunities offered by the long-term and widespread presence of O&G infrastructure to make sustained observations of the deep-sea environment over long time periods and at a range of spatial scales. Regular data collection using subsea technology can increase the network of monitoring of deep ocean variables and can be used to address climate, operational ocean services and ocean health. By using the blue industry, it is possible to collect biological and physical data and these measures can improve our scientific understanding of the deep-sea environment. The blue economy includes a wide range of established commercial enterprise as O&G production, shipping and subsea technology. High-resolution mapping and images of complex habitats can support a better understanding of the deep-sea by monitoring changes and predicting future impacts. Having accurate information available enables improvements in planning, management, environment assessment, monitoring, regulation of anthropogenic activities and conservation of deep-sea habitats.

The DSEMCluster Round-Table multidisciplinary speakers will share and discuss experiences to understand how we can help to improve the blue industry and deep-sea policy and practice in Norway and Brazil.


14:00 Welcome Coffee and Registration (20 minutes)

14:20 Blue Industries in the Deep-sea (1 hour and 40 minutes)

Present and discuss the Brazilian and Norwegian approach to the blue industry and their cooperation in a profitable and sustainable way.

Welcome Words – Claudia Erber REC (5minutes)

Participants Presentation (10 minutes)

Brazil & Norway Cooperation Outlook

Mr. Rune Andersen IN – The Global Growth Subsea Technologies O&G Brazil Program 10minutes

Mr. Mauricio Syrio FINEP – Knowledge-Building Projects for Industry by Finep&RCN     10minutes

Mr.Adhemar Freire Jr. NORWEP – The Norwegian energy industry and international businesses and governments. 10 minutes.

Mr. Gisle Nondal GCESubsea – No Subsea Industry & perspectives with the Br market. 10min.ONLINE

Blue Industries Outlook

Ms. Patricia Cota CSA Ciencias Oceanicas Ltda. 10 minutes

Mr. Frederico Marins Gardline Marine Sciences do Brasil 10 minutes

Mr. Steinar Sanni IRIS/NORCE 10 minutes

Mr. Vegard Evjen Hovstein Maritime Robotics AS 10 minutes

16:00 Coffee Break  (20 minutes)

16:20 Round Table  (1 hour)

How can we improve deep-sea environmental monitoring, policy and practice?

Discussion on how the different stakeholders that use the deep-sea can contribute to a more sustainable operations in the deep-sea environment.

Round Table Coordenator – Mr.Leonardo Santi Gardline Marine Sciences do Brasil


Mr. Claudio Jorge Marins de Souza ANP

Dr. Fabio DiDario UFRJ/NUPEM

Dr. Fabiano Thompson UFRJ/COPPE

(3 speakers TBC)

17:30 Open Discussion 15 minutes

17:45 Closing Remarks 05 minutes

17:50 Networking & Coffee 10 minutes

Special Exhibition of OTTER USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle from Maritime Robotics AS)

REGISTRATION ONLINE: https://norwaybrazilweek.com.br/blue-industries-amp-deep-sea-conservation-round-table

The Round Table organizationplan is in line with Runde Environmental Center’s overall purpose of making marine environmental data available to national and international researchers, as well as supporting regional and national maritime industry. It follows up from one earlier pre-study funded by the Regional Research Fund, in which Runde Environmental Centre together with Sintef and Olympic Shipping sought opportunities for scientists to participate during ROV operations in the subsea sector and explored the need for new sensor technology in subsea operations. It is in line with the strategy of REC together with IN and FINEP to create interest and contacts laying the foundation for a future, larger-scale project, the DeepSea Environmental Monitoring Cluster Project. The DSEMCluster is working actively to develop a bilateral network to start up projects together with the Energy and Subsea sector, Environmental companies and universities to innovate, both technologically and administratively, the deep-sea environmental monitoring during oil&gas activities in Brazil and Norway.

To reach the main goal of the Cluster, the marine biologist Claudia Erber, from REC, is responsible for coordinating the Cluster organization and networking. This includes inviting deep sea institutions and researchers to participate and join the cluster; arranging meetings with the main stakeholders; developing strategies to increase the number of affiliates, contributors, and sponsor. The goal is a a self-sustainable cluster creating products and services to be shared by companies, researchers center and the community. The academy shall work as a supplier for better business to create greener solutions for the blue industry.

The events in Brazil, together with the activities in Norway, by Runde Environmental Centre (REC), in collaboration with Innovation Norway (IN) and FINEP are creating a solid base to build the first bilateral cooperation cluster for the deep-sea environmental knowledge. The DSEMC network has important players from academia, public regulators and industries to strengthen and establish a strong bilateral network in a prioritized research area between Brazil and Norway.

Be part of something deeper and join our event in Nov. 14th !