Odebrecht Industrial Engineering

The more than 30,200 members of Odebrecht Industrial Engineering are responsible for preparing and implementing large-scale projects in Brazil and abroad for basic industries in several sectors. The company performs integrated services ranging from feasibility studies, engineering, supply, construction, and electronic assembly to pre-operation, maintenance, and plant management.

The Business serves the following industries: 

  • Oil and bas
  • Mining
  • Steelmaking
  • Chemicals and petrochemicals
  • Fertilizers
  • Paper and pulp
  • Bioenergy
  • Thermoelectric power

Some of its more noteworthy projects in Brazil include POY/PET, for Petroquímica Suape (PE); the jackup platform P-60, for Petrobras; the ethanol pipeline (photo) and fuel terminal in Ribeirão Preto (SP), for Logum Logística; the Aços Longos plant, for CSN (RJ); and the shut-down services for Braskem industrial plants in the Camaçari Center (BA).

In Argentina, it concluded the construction of 170 km of gas pipelines and gas compression plants in General Conesa, San Jeronimo, Dolavan, Cerri, and Garayalde, for Cammesa; and the continuous catalytic reformer unit of the Ensenada Refinery, for YPF. The company has begun works for the revitalization and expansion of the power distribution network in Buenos Aires, for the Regional Electric Forum of the Province of Buenos Aires (FREBA).

In Mexico, Odebrecht Industrial Engineering is responsible for the work on the Etileno XXI project – considered the largest petrochemical endeavor under construction in the Americas –, in alliance with Braskem and the Mexican company Idesa.

Its operations also include Venezuela, where it completed the first stage of the works for the Puerto La Cruz Refinery for PDVSA, and it won the tender for modernization of the Guanare Center sugar and alcohol mill for PDVSA Agrícola.

Ethanol pipeline, in Brazil
Gas pipelines and gas compression plants, in Argentina
Itaipu hydroelectric facility, in Brazil
Etileno XXI project, in Mexico
Continuous catalytic reformer unit of the Ensenada Refinery, in Argentina
POY/PET Project, in Pernambuco, Brazil

Project Engineering

The expertise of Odebrecht Industrial Engineering is bolstered by Odebrecht Project Engineering, a company specializing in the creation of basic and detailed engineering projects. This business unit specializes important services for the execution of works that were previously outsourced.

Awards and Distinctions

Through Odebrecht Industrial Engineering, the Group was recognized as the Largest Engineering and Construction Company in Argentina for the fifth consecutive year and it received a Great Place to Work Award as one of the 10 best companies to work for, for the fourth year in a row. 

In Brazil, its work secured the Top Socio-Environmental and Human Resources Award from the Association of Sales and Marketing Directors of Brazil (ADVB), for its Abreu and Lima Refinery Project - RNEST (PE).


In the 1980s Odebrecht had already begun its internationalization process with projects in Peru and Chile, while also investing in the diversification of its business. In 1986, the search for ways to strengthen the Engineering area led to the acquisition of Tenenge - Técnica Nacional de Engenharia S.A. – one of the largest Brazilian companies in the area of industrial assembly. 

Tenenge took part in approximately 40% of the activities of the state-owned steel complex, as well as the installation of one third of domestic hydroelectric energy facilities. It built the Ilha Solteira, Capivara, Paraibuna, São Simão, and Paulo Afonso IV plants, and coordinated the assembly of the Itaipu hydroelectric facility (photo). In the offshore construction and assembly industry, it has provided its civil works and electromechanical assembly services to the thermoelectric center of the Duque de Caxias Refinery, for Petrobras.