Odebrecht Infrastructure - Brazil carries out essential projects in Brazil in the transport and logistics, energy, sanitation, urban development, and public and corporate construction segments.
Its 48,000 members work together to overcome infrastructure bottlenecks in different regions of the country, including the following projects:
One of the things that sets the operations of Odebrecht Infrastructure - Brazil apart is the modeling of projects through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and Alliance Agreements. This model has allowed the Group to help prepare the country for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Some of the more recent projects include the construction of Itaipava Fonte Nova (BA), Itaipava Pernambuco (PE) sports arenas and the Corinthians Arena (SP) - photo - as well as the remodeling of Maracanã Stadium (RJ).
For the 2016 Olympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, the company is working to revitalize the city's port zone (Maravilha Port) and is also working on the construction of Subway Line 4.
The company is also working to bolster the country's production capacity by focusing efforts on improving rapid transit and logistics in the cities, through investments in transport systems, ports and airports. In this segment, the following civil construction projects are worthy of note:
In the energy sector, its portfolio includes the construction of 81 hydroelectric power plants, 17 thermoelectric power plants, two nuclear power plants and dams, in addition to the installation of approximately 5,700 km of transmission lines. In all, company projects provide more than 60,000 MW.
Odebrecht Infrastructure - Brazil has been named 10 consecutive times as Brazil's Most Admired Company by Carta Capital magazine; named as the Best Construction Company for the fourth consecutive year by Ferroviária magazine, and was selected as the Best International Hydroelectric Power Plant Construction Company eight different times by Engineering News - Record (ENR) magazine.
The Group was created in 1944 and the company that would later become Construtora Norberto Odebrecht was responsible for the first contracts. Since its founding, the company´s work has been characterized by innovation and the use of the most advanced construction methods for the time. The Belo Horizonte building (photo) is one of the main milestones for that period, built in just nine months compared to the normal time required in that era, which was three years.
There were soon other projects in Bahia that helped build the construction company's reputation. In 1953, it earned a new client, Petrobras – with which it built a strong relationship over the years that continues even today – and began the process of development in the Brazilian Northeast.
In 1969, the company emerged on the Rio de Janeiro landscape to build the Petrobras head office: this was the start of its national expansion, one which allowed Odebrecht to play a leading role in major construction projects and manage complex logistics projects. In the 1970s, it had more than 500 contracts all over Brazil and began investing in special technology, such as subways, nuclear power plants, major airports and bridges. Of special importance were the Rio de Janeiro International Airport - Galeão and the Angra dos Reis Nuclear Power Plant projects (photo).
Even in the midst of these business diversification and internationalization processes, the company never stopped growing and developing its operations in the Engineering and Construction sector. In the 1980s, it merged with the São Paulo company CBPO - Companhia Brasileira de Projetos e Obras, the sixth largest among the country's major construction companies.