Bertioga, Cubatão, Guarujá, Itanhaém, Mongaguá, Peruíbe, Praia Grande, Santos and São Vicente together form the Santos Metropolitan Region (Região Metropolitana da Baixada Santista), known as RMBS. With more than 1.6 million residents the RMBS is the third largest metropolitan region of the Sao Paulo state in terms of population. During vacation periods the population doubles in size for these cities are all touristic destinations.
The newly found oil basin (Santos Basin) is changing the perspectives of local, state and federal governments concerning the region. Proof of that is the repercussion of the Santos Offshore show that took place last week, October 20 up to 24, in Santos city. Representatives of the governor, Mr. José Serra, the state secretary of development, Mr. Geraldo Alkimin, mayors of the region and many other local leaders were present.
Local governments are doing all they can to attract business to their cities. Mostly improving and reforming facilities. "We have a military air port and we will reform it so heavy weight helicopters may operate there" told me the mayor of Guaruja, Ms. Maria Antonieta de Brito, right after the Santos Offshore show inaugural ceremony. "On our side of the Santos port we will build new docs for maintenance and support for PETROBRAS (the Brazilian Oil Company) operational ships.
The efforts might really pay off. PETROBRAS, counting on new discoveries of oil and natural gas in the Santos Basin, inaugurated a Center for Studies Sedimentology and Stratigraphy called Rodi Avila Medeiros. The lab will able to examine and store up to 14 thousand boxes of rocks collected. This represents an investment of $ 3.6 million alone.
The oil is there and everybody wants a cut of the revenues generated. Shows like Santos Offshore to open opportunities will be from now on a constant. During the event many real state companies were offering new projects of office tower in Santos and scattered through the whole RMBS. Mr. Marcusso from PETROBRAS, during the press conference, affirmed strategic investment decisions will be technical not political.
In 2008 Santos Offshore generated about $ 200 million in business. For this edition, with the advent of pre-salt, the forecast jumped to more than $ 300 million. According business journalist Ms. Cynara Escobar, on publication of DCI, the growth of the oil and gas industry and the World Cup (2014) are both busting the Brazilian market and organizers of trade shows and business events estimate an increase of over 20% in 2010.