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John Fowlie, president and CEO

CNEC WorleyParsons fuses local and international expertise

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Combining the local experience and specialist capabilities of Brazilian engineering company CNEC and Australian multinational service provider WorleyParsons' global footprint and project delivery expertise is the strategy that formed Brazilian engineering, procurement and construction management powerhouse CNEC WorleyParsons.

This synergy of local and international expertise has opened doors for the company - with main offices in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte - to diversify its portfolio. The extensive service portfolio includes WorleyParsons' four customer sector groups: mining, metals and chemicals, power, hydrocarbons and infrastructure and environment.

"Brazil has been fairly closed in attracting international business and industry," says John Fowlie, president and CEO. "When WorleyParsons acquired CNEC, it gained a significant advantage with the latter's 53-year heritage and comprehensive understanding of Brazilian business practices. This was added to the WorleyParsons global systems, procedures and over 40,000 staff globally."

Anticipating significant growth in the offshore oil and gas market in Rio de Janeiro and mining in Mina Gerais, CNEC WorleyParsons has more than doubled in size since the acquisition of CNEC in February 2010. The company is ideally placed to capitalise on the continued upward trajectory of these industries in the future. Environmental consultancy is another sector where CNEC WorleyParsons foresees immense growth.

CNEC WorleyParsons won the tender for the Peregrino II field development offshore Brazil. South Atlantic Holding contracted CNEC WorleyParsons and WorleyParsons Europe to design and provide management services for an offshore platform with integrated drilling facilities and living quarters.

In tandem with WorleyParsons China, CNEC WorleyParsons was chosen by chemicals company BASF to design and manage the construction of its acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymer plants in eastern China and northern Brazil.


"Our China office is working with our office here for BASF China and BASF Brazil," Fowlie says. "This is an interesting project highlighting the synergies between the two countries. We see Brazil and China working much more closely together in the coming years."