Region: Latin America
Content Types: Report
Date: Jan, 2024

AdobeStock 217342742 EIG Ocyan

Leading institutional investor in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, EIG, has entered into definitive agreements with Novonor S.A. and the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) in order to acquire Ocyan Participações S.A.

Ocyan is a Brazilian-based solutions provider to the offshore oil and gas industry that boasts a 23-year track record of delivering for the sector, including in the operation of subsea and decommissioning projects. It is the only operating in the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) industry and currently operates four offshore units through a joint venture with Altera Infrastructure.

R. Blair Thomas, EIG’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, remarked, “I have known and respected Ocyan for decades. The company’s resilience and the strength of its business have helped it overcome significant economic headwinds while maintaining a healthy balance sheet, positioning Ocyan for long-term growth. Brazil is home to over 25% of the global FPSO fleets, and we believe the future market dynamics for oil and gas infrastructure in Brazil are very favourable, underscoring our dual commitment to supporting growth and development in this important region while creating value for our investors. We are also excited to support Ocyan’s ventures in the renewables space to help drive the energy transition forward.”

EIG is looking to finalise the takeover to the tune of US$390mn, continuing its history of investment into the South American country – it has invested more than US$2bn there since 1998. As the latest example of this, the acquisition of Ocyan reflects the company’s comprehensive Brazilian strategy focusing on infrastructure supporting deepwater crude oil production, responsible decommissioning activities and renewables / low-carbon projects.

Roberto Prisco Paraiso Ramos, Ocyan’s Chief Executive Officer, remarked, “Ocyan has built and operated more than US$4bn of drilling rigs, pipelaying support vessels and FPSOs, alone or in joint ventures, always enjoying the very strong support of its shareholders and Novonor. This acquisition does not impact current contracts and operations with our clients and suppliers. This is another important chapter in our history and one that will undoubtedly create new opportunities for Ocyan.”