December Energy Update - Opportunities for U.S. Exporters




Brazil is the largest oil producer in South America, the ninth largest global oil producer, seventh largest oil consumer, and has the largest recoverable ultra-deep oil reserves in the world.  Brazil’s oil production is predominantly offshore (94 percent), with national oil company accounting for 92 percent of Brazil’s oil and gas production.  The oil and gas market has, for years, accounted for most investments in the Brazilian economy, with over 10% of the country’s GDP.  Brazil is placed in a leading position in the exploration and production of offshore oil due to owning the prolific pre-salt province, whose oil is of high quality, and the productivity of the fields is equally high. The International Energy Agency (IEA) highlights the relevance of Brazil, which will become responsible for the production of about 50% of the world's offshore oil in 2040, about 5.2 million barrels/day. 

Significant energy reforms, frequent oil finds, along with recent and future oil bidding rounds have been attracting International Oil Companies (IOCs) from around the world to bid on opportunities in Brazil.  Furthermore, some international companies have also started to show interest and invest in the Brazilian downstream subsector through the acquisition of gas pipeline networks and the construction of liquefied natural gas terminals. 

There is an increased potential for U.S. exports of equipment and services, with lower local content requirements.  New investments in exploration, production, and refining by Brazil’s national oil company Petrobras and others are estimated at US$100 billion over the next several years.  To learn more about Brazil's oil and gas sector, click here


India Mission

U.S. Electrical & Electronics Trade Mission to India
January 16-24, 2020

Rauch Export-Import together with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service and the India Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) is organizing a USDOC Certified Trade Mission to India for January 16-24, 2020. The trade mission will include booth space and attendance at ELECRAMA 2020 the world’s largest confluence of the complete electricity ecosystem, held biennially since 1990 in India. For more information, click here.


DISTRIBUTECH International 
January 28-30, 2020, San Antonio, TX

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service, in cooperation with Clarion Events, is currently recruiting delegations from approximately 20 countries and will organize programs at DISTRIBUTECH 2020 to help U.S. companies sell their products and services to these markets. U.S. DISTRIBUTECH exhibitors and attendees are invited to register to meet with U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. State Department power generation industry specialists at the show. Learn more here. 
Register to exhibit or attend DISTRIBUTECH International 2020.


CEO Program at African Utility Week
May 14-16, 2020, Cape Town, South Africa

The Corporate Executive Office (CEO) Program is a trade show program designed to offer small and medium sized companies an opportunity to have high-level engagement at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa. The program provides an incubator type platform for a company to experience the show and participate at a lower cost than the usual trade show booth and provides an assisted participation opportunity for U.S. companies to get to know the show and meet with key contacts in the market. To learn more about the CEO Program at African Utility Week, click here


SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week
September 14-17, 2020, Anaheim, CA

Solar Power International, Energy Storage International, and North America Smart Energy Week continues to lead the industry as the largest and fastest-growing energy events in North America. With an expanding footprint, that includes the Smart Energy Marketplace + Microgrid , Hydrogen+Fuel Cells International, and Wind Energy International we're excited to offer an even better event each year and look forward to seeing you at these future dates. The U.S. Department of Commerce will recruit 40-50 international buying delegations to attend the event and will organize programs to Commerce U.S. exports to these markets. More details coming soon. In the meantime, click here to learn how to exhibit or attend the show. 


Offshore Southeast Asia (OSEA) 2020
November 24-26, 2020, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Registration is now open for the 23rd edition of OSEA 2020. Backed by strong support from both local and international industry stakeholders, OSEA 2020 is set to reinforce its position as the largest and most established oil & gas platform for trading, networking, and launching of the latest products and solutions in Asia! Join the Official USA Pavilion and, along with a fully-assisted, exhibitor-friendly process from IMEX Management, take advantage of the marketing support services from the U.S. Commercial Service, including local promotion to importers and delegates, an on-site market briefing, and on-going market assistance after the show! USA Pavilion Brochure.



  • BAHRAIN: Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) -  Civil Works on Storage Tanks
    The main scope of work is to carry out civil works on above ground storage tanks in the Company’s operating areas for 5 years including, but not limited to: tank foundation, bund-walls, tank berm, suction and drain pits, pipe supports and pump base foundation
    Initial Bond: BD 5000 | Validity Of Initial bond: 6 Months | Tender Fees: BD 100 | Publish Date: Sunday, 01 December 2019 | Closing Date: Wednesday, 08 January 2020 | Opening Date: Thursday, 09 January 2020. For more information, contact Tareq Ghazal, U.S. Consulate, Dhahran

  • SAUDI ARABIA:Saudi Company Bidding 3 Different Requisitions with Saudi Aramco
    1. Requisition for Three (3) Docking Tugs: Bid closing date is on December 23rd, 2019. Proposals should be submitted one week before the bid closing date. Delivery date: Jan 1st, 2021.Contract period is three (3)-year base term with up to two (2)-year option period.
    2. Requisition for Three (3) Crew/Utility/Supply Vessels: Bid closing date is on December 22nd, 2019. Proposals should be submitted one week before the bid closing date. Delivery date: Jul 1st, 2020. Contract period is five (5)-year base term with up to two (2)-year option period.
    3. Requisition for Three (3) Offshore Patrolling Vessels: Bid closing date is on December 25th, 2019. Proposals should be submitted one week before the bid closing date. Delivery date: Oct 1st, 2020. Contract period is five (5)-year base term with up to two (2)-year option period.
      For more information on these leads, contact Mohammed Shujauddin, U.S. Consulate Dhahran. 

  • HAITI: Improving Electricity Access in Haiti
    The general objective of this project is to increase reliable electricity access in Haiti that promotes economic development and the strengthening of the sector’s governance. The specific objectives are: (i) development of decentralized electrical minigrids with private sector participation; (ii) foster the supply of electricity with Renewable Energy (RE) in the Parc Industriel de Caracol (PIC); and (iii) strengthening sector regulatory and planning capabilities. To learn more, contact Belen Gallegos, Commercial Liaison, Inter-American Development Bank, or click here.

  • TUNISIA: Development of a Pilot Program for Advanced Power Management Systems
    Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to support Tunisia’s state power utility company through the development of a pilot program for advanced power management systems. Deadline: January 14th, 2020. To learn more, click here

  • PAKISTAN: Company Seeking to Import 200k – 300k MT of LPG and Gasoline Annually
    For more information, contact Mr. Ayan Ali Khan, U.S. Embassy Islamabad.

  • CURACAO: Opportunity for a U.S. Company to Manage the Isla Refinery in Curacao
    RdK is the state owned company that owns the Isla Refinery. The Isla Refinery is a medium conversion petroleum refinery which has a nameplate capacity of 320,000 barrels per day. It is operated by a subsidiary of Venezuelan Oil Company, PDVSA, under a long-term lease agreement that expires December 31, 2019. Refineria di Korsou (RdK) wishes to elect a party, or joint venture, who will operate the oil refinery as of January 1, 2020. RdK aims to secure partners that will use, operate, maintain, and modernize the oil facilities and storage tanks. The refinery's mission is to refine crude and process feedstock and deliver products and services to customers in the Latin American and Caribbean market. The products obtained at the refinery are: liquefied petroleum gases, naphthas, gasolines, polymers, kerosine, diesel, turbo fuel, distillates, high and low sulphur fuel oil, lubricants and asphalt. An important by-product is sulphur, recovered In the refining processes. These products are mainly supplied to the Caribbean, Venezuela and Latin American market. The local market is also supplied via the government owned marketing company “Curoil”. The company would have to setup a subsidiary registered in the country of Curacao. Deadline: 12/31/2019. Click here or contact Christian Olsen, U.S. State Department Curacao, at for more information.
  • BRAZIL: Petrobras’ Divestment Program – onshore, offshore, and downstream assets  National oil company Petrobras has announced additional teasers regarding its ongoing asset divestment program.  Interested U.S. companies can view them at For more information, contact Regina Cunha, U.S. Commercial Service Rio de Janeiro.

  • BRAZIL: Open Oil Acreage Opportunities – The Brazilian National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) has authorized Brazil’s Oil and Gas Regulator (ANP) to keep oil blocks not awarded in previous oil leasing rounds on permanent offer to interested oil companies. They represent a total of 846 areas or blocks, in thirteen different basins, with a total area of 285,400 km².  In July 2018, ANP published the contract notice and model for concession licenses from the permanent offer.  More details on the Open Acreage opportunities can be seen at For more information, contact Regina Cunha, U.S. Commercial Service Rio de Janeiro.



Israel’s Reform in the Electricity Sector - Opportunities for U.S. Exporters of Electricity Equipment and Services

Israel’s electricity market is undergoing momentous changes in the wake of a 2018 structural reform. As part of the reform, Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), a state-owned utility company, will upgrade its transmission and distribution infrastructure and decrease its share in electricity generation. Significant opportunities exist for U.S. suppliers of relevant electricity equipment, as well as for experienced Independent Power Producers (IPP’s) to purchase and operate one of 5 gas-powered generation sites to be sold by IEC. This brief report highlights the key pillars of the reform and presents actionable, multimillion-dollar worth opportunities for U.S. companies to pursue. To access the full report, click here.


Prosper Africa

PROSPER AFRICA is a U.S. Government Initiative to Substantially Increase Two-Way Trade and Investment Between the United States and Africa

This whole-of-government approach unlocks opportunities to do business in Africa, benefiting companies, investors, and workers both in Africa and the United States.

For years companies have asked the U.S. Government to make it easier to access its trade and investment support services. Prosper Africa answers this call by providing a one-stop shop that makes the full range of
those services available to U.S. and African businesses and investors.

Through Prosper Africa, the U.S. Government is helping to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans and the people of African nations like never before — advancing American and African prosperity and security, supporting jobs, and demonstrating the superior value of transparent markets and private enterprise for driving growth. To learn more, click here



The Global Energy Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. energy industry, expanding market access, and increasing exports. To learn more about you how you can receive assistance in finding market intelligence, developing your export strategy, connecting with international buyers, or support at trade events, contact your Local Trade Specialists in one of our 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers around the U.S. Visit our Energy webpage, 

Questions about the Energy Update: Contact Danielle Caltabiano.

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