New NORWEP director for Brazil

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«We feel there is new optimism in Brazil», new NORWEP Regional Director Gunn Vik says.

Gunn Vik is the new Regional Director for Brazil in Norwegian Energy Partners, and will be working closely with Brazil´s Country Manager in Rio, Adhemar Freire.

She comes from a position as Regional Director for Shipyards in China, Singapore and Korea, and now takes over after Gulbrand Wangen.

«My plan is to visit Brazil in April. During my stay, I hope to meet representatives from the major energy companies and organizations in Brazil, as well as representatives from the official Norway locally who all are important cooperating partners for Norwegian suppliers in Brazil», Mrs. Vik says.

The new NORWEP director has 30 years of experience from Norwegian industry heavy weighers like Hydro and Statoil, where she last held a position as Vice President Supply Chain Management. She has also been VP for both Drilling and Well procurement and Operations and Maintenance procurement of Statoil.

«I have not worked in the Brazilian market, but as manager for many years within Procurement and Supplier Relations in Statoil, cooperation with the Brazilian office was important. With 20 + years’ experience within the supply chain management area, I also hope to connect with other energy companies in Brazil. I worked a short period with Mr. Anders Opedal when he was heading Statoil’s procurement unit, and I am looking forward to meeting him in Brazil to discuss how we can cooperate going forward.»

Since 2013, Mrs. Vik has been Regional Director for shipyards in China, Korea and Singapore, after being seconded from Statoil to Norwegian Energy Partners.

«During this time I headed the work and co-wrote a report describing the global procurement processes when doing business with Asian yards. With my experience and background, I hope to guide suppliers to navigate in the Brazilian market from an owners perspective.»

Gunn Vik is now excited to start working with partners in Brazil.

« Brazil was the 8th largest energy consumer in the world in 2016, the need for energy is high. Luckily Brazil has natural resources both within the oil and gas and renewable energy sector. After years with negative focus, we feel there is new optimism in Brazil again and about the Brazilian market. We hope and expect progress for several of greenfield and brownfield projects within the oil and gas sector these coming years which will give opportunities in the market. We also hope that activity within the renewable market will progress positively», Mrs. Viik says.

The new director is based in Oslo, and hydropower and shipyards Korea are also her areas of responsibility.

Norwegian Energy Partners’ main objective is to promote Norwegian energy industry in overseas markets and provide market information to our partners.

NORWEP is the result of a merger between INTSOK and Intpow in 2017. Norwep is a network-based organization, facilitating dialogue between energy companies, technology suppliers, service companies and the government.

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