Meet the Team: Pedro Pereira, Snr. Offshore and Hydrogen Engineer | OWC Brazil

At OWC, our teams are constantly expanding, into more locations, in expertise and in sectors of influence, so that our people can truly drive safety and sustainability across our energy and oceans.

Our people are at the heart of what we do, and we invite you to get to know our team members so you can meet the energy behind change.

This week, we speak to Pedro Pereira in our OWC Brazil office, based in Rio de Janeiro, and working as Snr Offshore and Hydrogen Engineer.

What does your day-to-day look like at OWC?

Having the opportunity to work with clients from the business development stage all the way to the delivery of projects provides a pretty dynamic working environment which is reflected in our day-to-day activities. Some days are filled with meetings, and sporadic conferences and travelling, others are focused on solving complex technical challenges where interaction across different teams, offices, and time zones is frequent. 

What inspired you to join the industry?

I was drawn to the hydrogen industry due to my interest in innovation and sustainability. The early stage of the hydrogen industry was exciting – meaning there was a lot to learn and several challenges to overcome for the successful development of hydrogen projects. Moreover, hydrogen has the potential to decarbonize hard to abate sectors, contributing to a more sustainable future. 

Can you tell us about something exciting you are working on right now?

I have been working on two projects in which the main objective is to support the development of low carbon hydrogen in Brazil.

In these, activities include:

(i) Mapping the value chain in Brazil of transformation, storage, and transportation of hydrogen and derivatives

(ii) Evaluating the technical potential of ports to become hydrogen hubs

(iii) Identifying infrastructure bottlenecks

(iv) Roadmap preparation for developing maritime and export markets in Brazil

(v) Carrying out a competitiveness analysis of hydrogen in Brazil

(vi) Pre-Feasibility Study for a hydrogen hub and offshore wind infrastructure at an identified port 

What does the future look like in energy and oceans in Brazil?

Brazil’s major advantages in producing green hydrogen include its high renewable energy potential including onshore/offshore wind and solar resources.

Brazil’s renewables and hydropower meet almost 45% of primary energy demand including over 85% electricity generation in 2022. Moreover, Brazil has released the Law Projectsnº725 in 2022 and nº2308 in 2023, which attempt to establish parameters and regulation for the national hydrogen industry.

Considering this, even though there are still technical and regulatory challenges to overcome, the hydrogen industry in Brazil is promising. 

What do you enjoy most about working in the ABL Group office in Brazil?

Even working in a hybrid form, I look forward to working in the office to meet everyone and for our group lunches. It is common for the team to have lunch together where we often explore nearby restaurants in the city center of Rio de Janeiro. This works wonders on the team integration and collaboration between ABL group companies, as the energy and marine consultants, ABL also share our offices.

Rio de Janeiro is also blessed with an amazing weather, which makes the view from our office even better!

Find out more about our operations and services to support the Brazilian renewable energy market onshore and offshore, by getting in contact with our local team: