As the world’s 10th largest producer of petroleum, Brazil’s oil-and-gas industry is thriving. But unlike many countries that would fall under the developing nation label, Brazil has the resources and human capital to largely handle its own petroleum production, from the wellhead to retail points of sale.
Maurício Mendonça Godoy exemplifies Brazilian oil-sector know-how
Brazil has long straddled the divide between first-world tourist mecca and third-world slum. The country is, at once, a hotbed of rampant criminality and extreme civic dysfunction while also hosting some of the most advanced industry in the world. This contradiction is largely a result of the country’s hugely diverse population. At the top, Brazil counts among its citizens a disproportionate number of high-achieving and industrious men of action. Maurício Mendonça Godoy is an excellent example.
With multiple advanced degrees, he rocketed his way up the corporate ladder, eventually landing a role as the chief operating officer of Setal, a major Brazilian petroleum company. He eventually parlayed his successful leadership at Setal into multiple other chairmanships. He is currently the CEO of Estaleiros do Brazil, a shipbuilding company whose main products support the challenging oil plays that are located in the Libra and Buzios oil fields.
With a strong background in engineering, business administration and petroleum production, Maurício Mendonça Godoy has ably led his firm to create some of the most advanced floating-production-storage-and-offloading ships that the world has ever seen. These vessels are a necessity in the waters that cover the Buzios and Libra oil fields, which average more than 6,500 feet in depth. Having close partnerships with Petrobras, Brazil’s main oil-production firm, Maurício Mendonça Godoy has ensured that his company will have much lucrative business in the decades to come. With the 15th largest proven oil reserves in the world, Brazil’s ability to extract ever-harder oil from challenging plays is due, in part, to the strong leadership and technical mastery of Maurício Mendonça Godoy.