Special thanks to


 Principal Sponsors



Associate Sponsors


Free of Charge Admission


Specialists in;

 IT/IS/ICT/Telecoms, Connectivity & Networks/Procurement/SLAs


 Oil/Gasfield Operators, Drillers, Shipping & Transportation,

Support Vessels, Rig Owners/Operators

Registered Organisations


Baker Hughes
BP Energy do Brasil
BT Global Services
Ceragon Networks
C.Foster Serviços
Comtech EF Data
Comtech Xicom
Etech Communications                                 
Gilat do Brasil
Grupo Hispasat
Harris CapRock
Hispamar Satélites S.A.
Mareste Telecom
Newtec America do Sul
O3b Networks       
Odebrecht Oil & Gas
Orange Business Services
Promon Localis
PUC University
Queiroz Galvão
RigNet Brazil
SES World Skies
Star One
Statoil Brazil
Subsea 7
Telespazio Brazil
Telmart Integração
Telnav Telecomunicacoes Navais
Tesacom do Brazil
TIM Cellular
Union Engenharia de Telematica
Vale SA
VELP Tecnologia 


 Mission Statement


 Washington DC-London-Rio


Most of Brazil's oil is currently produced in the southeastern region of the country in Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo states, and over 90 percent of that oil production is offshore in very deep water.



Over two days of discussion, and in addition to the above themes, O&GC Brazil 2013 will examine the full range of satellite-based communications, and integrated satellite-terrestrial hybrid communications solutions, to which the oil & gas industry turns to play a vital role in providing the essential connectivity and access to vital applications. Mission critical operational success in the upstream E&P environment is dependent on access to the most efficient ICTs, and to the wealth of sophisticated applications these technologies bring to the disposal of the teams of geologists, geophysicists, drilling engineers, seismic data analysts, etc., etc., who locate new oil & gas reserves and get them out of the ground and from beneath the ocean floor through the collection of massive amounts of disparate data in multiple formats (including GPS, acoustic, compass and other sensor data) and using the information for predictive analysis. Widely spread and remotely located experts can see data as it is collected in real time and can determine the size and potential value of a payload before any actual drilling begins, a capability that can significantly reduce the amount of time and other resources wasted on drilling sites that don't have a strong yield potential. Brazil's exploration for, and production of, new hydrocarbon reserves has already moved to increasingly to dangerous, difficult (and otherwise very expensive) environments, where the extreme physical conditions of a hostile climate and multiple geographic/topographic obstacles are as equally challenging as the investment imperatives that must be faced in the remote deployment of drilling equipment. Discussion points will include:

Discussion Points


Additionally, recent offshore exploration efforts have yielded massive discoveries of pre-salt reserves, where oil and natural gas lie below an approximately 2000 m deep layer of salt, itself below an approximately 2000m deep layer of rock under 2000-3000 m of the Atlantic. Drilling through the rock and salt to extract the pre-salt oil and gas is very expensive. The combination of great depths and immense pressures makes access to these reserves very difficult, bringing technical hurdles that must be overcome through major new infrastructure and associated communications networking capabilities.

Foreign Producers


Such recent discoveries have led to a gold rush of International oil companies into the Brazilian market. Until 1997, Petrobras held a monopoly on most oil-related activities in Brazil. After this date the government opened the sector to competition. Shell, the first foreign crude oil producer in Brazil, has been joined by Chevron, Repsol, BP, Anadarko, El Paso, Galp Energia, Repsol, Statoil, BG Group, Sinopec, ONGC, and TNK-BO.


With Brazilian Government incentives and investments by foreign energy companies, international technology companies are moving to help take advantage of the opportunity presented by the potential of Brazil's "Big Oil". With "Big Oil" comes "Big Data" – the specialism which focuses on solutions and services to store, manage, protect and analyse information extracted from the large volume of data generated by the oil industry.

GVF / EMP Oil & Gas Communications Series


Oil & Gas Communications Brazil 2013: Big Oil, the Deepwater Ocean Expanse, and Big Data (O&GC Brazil 2013) brings the GVF & EMP Oil & Gas Communications Series to its 17th event, and to the third annual conference in the global Series to address the communications networking imperatives of the Brazilian region of the global 'oil & gas patch'.

Emerging issues – such as "Big Data" – on the regional exploration & production (E&P) communications and applications networking agenda will be prioritised at O&GC Brazil 2013 together with a range of other topic areas arising from the international energy environment and the wider global economy.

This continually evolving rationale for a Brazil-oriented oil & gas communications event – which will build on the successes of the previous two Rio de Janeiro conferences in 2011 and 2012, and of the previous 16 conferences of the entire Series – O&GC Brazil 2013 will deliver an information and communications technology (ICT) oriented dialogue at the crucial interface of an elevated demand for solutions by the energy vertical and the supply of those solutions from the communications, primarily satellite communications, industry.

Key Themes


The Rio de Janeiro list of applications and connectivity imperatives to be discussed will include ICT aspects of: safety systems provision on oil & gas installations at sea; and, the implications for E&P ICT in the Brazilian region of the oil & gas patch arising from quite recent deep-water drilling moratoria in other hydrocarbon extraction ocean regions. Other key theme additions will include the enhanced application of satellite-based security provisions related to the use of "Cloud"-based data traffic networking, and, of great significance to the growth of "Big Oil" and "Big Data" in the region, the impact of the latest high-capacity, high-throughput, satellite technologies on the communications solutions vital to hydrocarbons E&P.

Previous Attendees


Advantech, ACCOM, Advantech, AMT, Anadarko, Avanti Communications, Baker Hughes, Baker Hughes / BJ Services, Bourbon Offshore, BP, BP / Devon Energy do Brasil Ltda., Brasdril, Brazilian Navy, Broadmedia, Cameron do Brasil, C-Comm Satellite Systems, Comtech EF Data, Deep Sea Supply, e-Linium Technologies, Linium Technologies, Embratel, Envisoft, Farstad / BOS, FINARGE, Floatel International, Galvao Engenharia, Gilat, Gilat do Brasil, GVF, Harris Brazil, Harris CapRock, Harris Corporation, Hermes Datacomms, Hispamar Satélites S.A., Hughes, Intelsat, KVH Industries, Maersk FPSO, Marlink, Modec, MS Telecom, Newtec, Norskan, Oceaneering Int. Inc., Odebrecht, Perenco, Petrobras, Petrobras - BR Distribuidora, Petrobras / Transpetro, Petroserv, PUC Rio University, Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A., RigNet, RigNet Brazil, RigNet Communications, Saipem do Brasil, Satmex Brazil, Sevan Marine, Shell, Shiron Satcom Business, Skywave Mobile Communications, Speedcast, Star One S.A, Statoil, Statoil Brasil Oil and Gas, Subsea7 do Brasil, Technip, Technip Brazil, Telefonica, Telesat, Telesat Brazil, Telespazio, Telespazio Brazil, TESACOM, Thales Alenia Space, Tranship Transportes Marítimos Ltda, Union Engenharia, Unisat, Up OffShore