09/12/2012 06:04 EDT | Updated 11/12/2012 05:12 EST

More than a dozen Atlantic companies to take part in trade mission to Brazil

HALIFAX - Seventeen companies from across Atlantic Canada are heading to an oil and gas convention next week in Rio de Janeiro.

The Rio Oil and Gas Show has been described as the leading petroleum event in Latin America.

The event in 2010 attracted more than 1,300 exhibiting companies and 53,000 delegates.

The trade mission is being organized by the Maritimes Energy Association.