The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) sponsored a Reverse Trade Mission for a delegation of Brazilian officials active in unconventional gas development. Delegates included government representatives from the Ministry of Mines and Energy and regulator ANP, and conventional and unconventional gas operators such as CEMIG Gas, Nova Petróleo, Ouro Preto, and others.
The visit familiarized officials with U.S. solutions and equipment as they begin to develop regulations and standards for the expansion of unconventional gas production in Brazil. The program exposed the delegation to U.S. best practices in exploration and exploitation, field development, drilling and completion, hydraulic fracturing, production rate optimization, drainage areas, recovery efficiency and well design. Delegates met with federal and state regulators, U.S. company-operated shale gas production facilities and suppliers of U.S. technology, equipment and services.