Brazil interested in Russian oil, gas, nuclear expertise

Brazil’s Deputy Foreign Minister Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes, on a visit to Moscow, said his country is interested in using Russian technology to develop oil and gas fields as well as nuclear power.

Eric Watkins
OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, July 21 -- Brazil’s Deputy Foreign Minister Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes, on a visit to Moscow, said his country is interested in using Russian technology to develop oil and gas fields as well as nuclear power.

“We’re interested in Russia’s technologies of oil and gas output at sea platforms and their transportation,” said Guimares, who added that Brazil could share its deepwater oil production technology in exchange for Russian technology.

“The fields have been discovered at a depth of 7 km and some 200 km off the coast, so we'll have to convert the gas into a liquid with Russian technology on offshore platforms,” Guimaraes said.

Guimares also discussed the potentials for cooperation between the two countries regarding nuclear technology, saying that “Brazil ranks fifth in the world for uranium stocks” while “Russia has big experience on nuclear technologies.”

“We’re planning to build eight new nuclear power electric power plants,” Guimares said, adding, “We praise Russia’s participation in carrying out this program.”

He said, “Brazil is planning to carry out an infrastructure program within the next 6 months that amounts to $150 billion. The program includes the construction of new electric power plants, ports and railways. In each field Russia has indisputable experience that we seek to use.”

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