Petrobras CEO: Must Train 240,000 Professionals by 2016

Petrobras' president and CEO, José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, participated in a debate organized by the Federal Engineering, Architecture, and Agronomy Council (Confea) last Friday, September 25, in Brasília, regarding the proposal for the new regulatory framework for oil exploration and about the technological challenges to be faced to explore the pre-salt layer. Gabrielli said that in order to produce the oil in the pre-salt layer, it will be necessary to develop the national industry and to train upwards of 240,000 professionals by 2016. "These people will be trained not for Petrobras, rather for the supply chain that will serve us."

According to Gabrielli, training these professionals involves Brazilian teaching institutions formed by 29 thematic networks and upwards of 500 researchers. "This creates, outside of Petrobras, high-level laboratories, training in analysis and interpretation and in basic and applied science areas, and impacts not only Petrobras, but Brazilian engineering as a whole, project development and research in general in our country."