Benthic, a global geosciences company in subsea services group Acteon, plans to open its first Brazilian technology center and geotechnical laboratory in Rio de Janeiro. The facility will open later this year in the Technological Park of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Benthic aims to use the center for geoscience research, development and innovation projects with a focus on the oil, gas and offshore wind sectors.This is part of Acteon’s overall aim of enabling companies to reduce the lifetime costs of owning and operating their critical infrastructure.“The Technological Park offers an environment conducive to innovation projects and proximity to the university’s geoscience laboratories and other established companies,” said Greg Fyffe, vice president of strategy for Benthic.The technology center will be home to Benthic’s first advanced geotechnical and geological soil research laboratory. This will provide Brazilian operators with a local laboratory and remove the need to transport samples overseas for advanced testing.“Technological development is at the heart of Benthic,” added Steve Pywell, Benthic chief executive officer. “In the 20 years since we were spun off from the University of Sydney, Australia, we have developed countless innovative and successful technologies. Our company works with universities around the world and our partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is of paramount importance for our operations in the important deepwater market of Brazil.”The technology center is scheduled to begin operations during the third quarter of this year.