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Gas leak forces Petrobras to halt production at offshore platform: second incident in a month

Tuesday, June 16th 2015 - 05:13 UTC
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The P-40, located about 175 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, is at the hub of a network of five platforms in Marlim Sul The P-40, located about 175 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, is at the hub of a network of five platforms in Marlim Sul
It is the second in less than a month at Marlim Sul, which produced 164,000 barrels of oil and natural gas equivalent in April from several platforms It is the second in less than a month at Marlim Sul, which produced 164,000 barrels of oil and natural gas equivalent in April from several platforms

Brazil's Petrobras halted production on Sunday from its P-40 platform in the offshore Marlim Sul field after a gas leak on the vessel, an oil workers' union and the country's petroleum regulator said on Monday.

 The P-40, a semisubmersible production platform, was producing about 45,915 barrels of oil and 800,000 cubic meters of natural gas a day when it was shut down, the union said on its website.

The regulator, known as the ANP, confirmed the shutdown in a statement, adding that no oil or gas was leaked into the ocean. The P-40, located about 175 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, is at the hub of a network of five platforms in Marlim Sul and at the center of Brazil's oil and gas pipelines that interlink undersea natural gas pipelines into a single export line to the coast.

The platform is also linked to an undersea pipeline system that exports oil from the neighboring Marlim field.

The shutdown is the latest in a series of accidents and problems at Petrobras' offshore platforms. It is the second in less than a month at Marlim Sul, which produced 164,000 barrels of oil and natural gas equivalent in April from several platforms, according to Brazil's oil regulator ANP.

Marlim Sul was the sixth-largest producing field in the country in April. The latest problems come a little more than four months after an explosion at a Petrobras offshore field off Espirito Santo state killed nine people and injured 26.

Safety problems in March also forced the temporary shutdown of the P-58 platform in Petrobras' Parque das Baleias field.

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  • golfcronie

    The FALKLAND Oil and Gas industry working in the South Atlantic have an excellent safety record unlike Petrobras eh Brasso?

    Jun 16th, 2015 - 06:33 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    There were no incidents there was a small gas leak that was repaired in less than 13 hours.

    http://www.ebc.com.br/noticias/2015/06/petrobras-confirma-controle-de-vazamento-em-plataforma-da-bacia-de-campos

    Of which oil production Falklands are you talking about? You are comparing a drop of water to an entire ocean.

    Do not make me laugh!

    Jun 16th, 2015 - 10:44 am 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2 Brasso

    You are so stupid you believe that crap.

    There again you think The Chief Crook, Lula, is Jesus Christ II.

    I hope somebody with balls nails the thieving bastard to a cross.

    Jun 16th, 2015 - 11:17 am 0
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