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Rio Oil and Gas and the power of bagpipes

Monday, 07 November 2016 13:44

OK, so the Rio Oil and Gas exhibition was less than half the size it’s been in the past and undoubtedly visitor numbers will be down on the 2014 edition but, as they say, you reap what you sow. Balmoral worked hard to ensure that potential visitors to the event knew we were going to be there.

The news of our new subsea test centre that’s nearing completion, our manufacturing efficiency enhancements, SURF product accreditations and the presence of senior engineering and business development personnel meant we enjoyed a busy event. And that’s before we talk about the whisky tasting!

As is generally the case at any industry gathering the mood amongst conference delegates, speakers, exhibitors and visitors was upbeat. We don’t need to mention the difficulties being faced by the industry, particularly in Brazil, but the predominant feeling was that things have bottomed out, there is some stability in the market, Petrobras is getting its house in order and the fiscal regime in the country is moving in the right direction. These are all positives to take away from Rio.

It was good to see a number of operators, including Petrobras, Shell and Total, showing their commitment to the market by having a strong presence on the exhibition floor. All the main players in the supply chain were there too but it was disappointing that the UK pavilion was practically non-existent; a marked contrast to the Norwegians who continued their support via a good-sized pavilion. This, no doubt, encouraged by Statoil’s connection with Petrobras.

A special mention goes to our friends at DIT Brazil; Renato, Flavia and Louise, for their support before and during the show. Our joint whisky tasting efforts were enjoyed by literally hundreds of visitors over two evenings.



We were especially pleased to be able to work with the Vieira Brum Piper social project that was introduced to us by the DIT team. The following is an extract from a charming email we received after the event:

“First I would like to thank you for the invitation to play with our Bagpipe Band at Rio Oil and Gas 2016. I would like to tell you a little of our social project with young people from disadvantaged communities.

“Through Scottish Culture we have reached the hearts of young people, getting rid of drugs, prostitution, marginality, and showing them a promising future side of music and Scottish culture. The bagpipes have influenced the lives of many young people and teenagers here in Rio de Janeiro.

“We have no sponsorship, and rely on donations from friends who live outside Brazil to help with instruments, reeds, uniforms, etc. We have not had any financial assistance but we hope that one day this will happen so that we can reach many more young people for this social project.

“I thank you for the invitation and God bless you my friend.”

It’s quite amazing, and humbling, to realise that the bagpipes can have such an effect on communities around the world.

So, overall, a busy and successful week for us in Rio. It’s OTC Brasil next year of course and here’s hoping the industry will be even more optimistic by October 2017. See you there!

Notes to editor

Balmoral Offshore Engineering is part of Balmoral Group Holdings Ltd, a privately owned company based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Employing over 600 people Balmoral has been providing solutions to the energy, engineering, marine, building, polymer engineering and processing sectors since 1980.

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