Subsea Engineering Consultancy Grows in Brazil

MCS is expanding its operations in Brazil with the appointment of a director, contract awards and continuing recruitment of engineering personnel. Otavio Serta, has been appointed as a director of MCS to head up the company's office in Rio de Janeiro.

Serta is a subsea engineer with 16 years experience in the oil and gas industry, having previously worked for for many years with Petrobras. He has extensive project engineering experience gained on several E&P projects where his responsibilities included co-ordination of research and development projects, field development studies and bid preparation and evaluation. With considerable expertise in flexible and rigid submarine pipelines, as well as pipelines and riser installation, he was involved in the technical co-ordination of the Petrobras steel catenary riser development program.

Serta will be responsible for driving the growth of MCS in Brazil. The company which specialises in subsea riser systems is aiming to grow the office by 100% in the next 12 months.

Following on from two recent contract awards from Petrobras, the Rio office of MCS has just been awarded a study from Petrobras to examine the well to well transfer of drilling risers without retrieval of the drilling riser or BOP.

The company has also appointed three engineers in its Rio office and is in the process of recruiting a fourth.

"MCS has a strong reputation in Brazil and an excellent relationship with Petrobras. We are well-placed to grasp the opportunities presented by the increasing activity in South America and the shortage of good services providers with a local presence," says Serta.

Commenting on Serta's appointment, MCS director Frank Grealish says : "Otavio brings formidable expertise coupled with invaluable experience of the Brazilian marketplace. He is an excellent appointment for MCS and will build on our growing success in Brazil."

In addition to the consultancy market, MCS believes there is potential for research and development projects in partnership with the local academic community.

"The Brazilian sector is well-recognized for its favorable environment towards innovations in the subsea field and with MCS' tradition in successfully implementing R&D projects, we are in an ideal position to further push the boundaries on technological advances in risers, umbilicals, flowlines and related subsea equipment," explains Grealish.