Itaoca Terminal Marítimo (Itaoca Offshore) and logistics provider Peterson Offshore have signed a partnership and consulting agreement to develop the Itaoca Offshore terminal project in Brazil.

To be located in Itapemirim, in the Espírito Santo state, the new private terminal has been designed to provide logistical support for the exploration and production of offshore oil and gas. The terminal’s location suits operators with assets in the Espírito Santo basins and the northern portion of the Campos basin.

The terminal will have ten mooring berths, a 300m service pier, and more than 600,000m² of continental storage area. It also has road access to the BR 101 South highway, which is located 23km south of the site.

Itaoca Offshore COO Álvaro de Oliveira said: “Peterson is an international port operator with extensive experience in the oil and gas industry and a vast portfolio of clients, making them the ideal partner for the preconstruction and construction phase of Itaoca Offshore.”

The collaboration between the companies will support the planning, design and commercialisation of the initial development phase of the terminal.

Peterson will co-manage the port and logistics centre and provide operational support for the strategic planning, facilities and management of Itaoca Offshore project. The company will also advise on the commercialisation and development of the terminal’s operational layout.

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Peterson Offshore Group CEO Erwin Kooij said: “With Itaoca’s strategic location we have identified an opportunity for greater efficiency for transporting equipment and consumables to offshore platforms in Brazil.

“We will seek to replicate the model we have developed with great success in the North Sea and internationally. We are focusing on working as a port developer and developing a customer base.”

Project construction is expected to commence in 2020.