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FIRJAN provides Brazil’s oil and gas industry with cutting-edge technology and world-class education

16th September 2014

FIRJAN, the Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro, knows that Rio relies on the oil and gas industry for stability and growth, and that the oil and gas industry relies on Rio for expert personnel and technology - the federation's SENAI Technology Centers, known in Brazil as CTS, make up a network of resources that offer high-tech solutions and modern job training programmes for professionals in the oil and gas segment

FIRJAN provides Brazil’s oil and gas industry with cutting-edge technology and world-class education
The SENAI Technology Centers, known in Brazil as CTS, make up a network of resources that offer high-tech solutions and modern job training programmes for professionals in the oil and gas segment

The number of oil and gas workers has nearly tripled over the last 10 years. In 2003, the sector registered some 15,000 people. Today the number totals 40,000 working at over 200 companies in the state’s oil and gas segment.

Based on recent projections, after the inclusion of confirmed pre-salt oil and gas reserves, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro are now among the top ranking players in the world’s energy matrix, with the State of Rio de Janeiro is responsible for 72 per cent of the country’s oil production.

According to the Decision Rio Report released by FIRJAN at the beginning of the year, the state is earmarked to receive over USD 100bn in private and public investments by 2016, of which 60.7 per cent is destined to the oil and gas sector.

Petrobras will contribute more than 85 per cent of the investment total forecasted for the period.

But investment needs to be coupled with innovation and expertise to see a return.

FIRJAN is building the infrastructure necessary to supply a steady stream of technology and highly skilled oil and gas professionals by creating and running a series of education and research hubs – the SENAI Technology Centres

The SENAI Technology Centers, known in Brazil as CTS, make up a network of resources that offer high-tech solutions and modern job training programmes for professionals in the oil and gas segment.

A team of highly qualified technicians and professionals, backed by modern laboratories full of state-of-art equipment, are continuously developing research programmes and courses that encompass all phases of the oil and gas production chain including welding techniques, materials technology, process simulations and environmental protection procedures.

The SENAI Technology Centre in Rio de Janiero allows students to access Latin America’s only stability simulator capable of creating different conditions that offshore personnel may have to face when working on ships and platforms at sea.

Since 2006, Petrobras employees have been trained by SENAI, thanks to a technology partnership celebrated by these two organisations. In the past, this kind of training was done in Scotland to qualify Petrobras professionals.

Besides the customised training courses personalised for Brazilian companies, the FIRJAN System also provides more than 100 educational formation programmes for oil and gas personnel ranging from basic graduate to post graduation programs.

Between 2009 and 2013, nearly 123 thousand people have qualified to work in the industry thanks to classrooms and hands-on instruction sponsored by FIRJAN.

One of the SENAI technology highlights is the electronic microscope made available to industry companies capable of increasing visual fields 300 thousand times to examine materials samples. The microscope is an important ally used to study strategic materials to detect micro fractures or faults, as part of materials quality control procedures.

The aim of FIRJAN’s initiatives is to increase the national and global competitiveness of the state’s oil and gas segment.

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