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Chevron halts drilling off the coast of Brazil following an oil-spill

Monday, November 14th 2011 - 07:13 UTC
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The Frade project began production in 2009 and averages 50.000 bpd  The Frade project began production in 2009 and averages 50.000 bpd

Oil giant Chevron halted drilling of a well off the coast of Brazil as it looks into the possible causes of an oil spill in the region. Chevron said in a statement e-mailed that an oil sheen had appeared on the surface of the ocean near the Frade project it operates, which it attributed to oil seeps in the area.

The field began production in 2009 and averaged 50,000 barrels per day of output last year.

“As part of the precautionary suspension of development drilling activities at Frade, Chevron Brazil has closed in a well it was drilling in the vicinity of these oil seeps,” the statement said.

In the statement, Chevron reiterated that it notified the appropriate government agencies about the accident and was working with partners to deploy response vessels to control the sheen and minimize any environmental impact.

The decision to stop operations in Frade followed a statement from President Dilma Rousseff's office that described the incident as “an oil spill at the Frade field ... in a new well that was being drilled by the company Chevron Brazil.”

Rousseff's office urged an investigation to determine the causes of the accident and assess who was responsible.

Chevron said the total amount of oil released was between 400 barrels and 650 barrels. The project is located 370 kilometres offshore northeast of Rio de Janeiro in water depths of approximately 1.200 metres.

A sub-sea vehicle deployed by Chevron found the source of a seep, where hydrocarbons naturally escape from underground. Investigations into the sheen's causes were continuing, Chevron said.

The leak is in the Campos Basin, which accounts for the bulk of Brazil's oil output off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. Brazil's output is currently about 2 million barrels of crude per day.

The Brazilian government is taking seriously the issue of oil leaks as it undertakes a massive deep sea oil plan. Controls on offshore oil production were ramped up after the three-month spill in a field operated by BP deposited about 5 million barrels of oil into U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tags: Brazil, Chevron.
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  • rylang23

    They will not be happy until the seas are completely dead. Thanks to Chevron.... and BP, and Shell, and Exxon...

    Nov 14th, 2011 - 11:14 am 0
  • GeoffWard2

    How muddle-headed you are!

    If you think the intent of the oil extraction companies is to kill off the world's oceans, then you know little about the appropriate policies, controls, legislations, contracts, practices, proceedures, and penalties for contaminations.

    The 'parent company' Chevron, had one of the best records in the world for ethical and environmentally sensitive extraction and transportation. This seepage from the extraction area of Chevron Brasil may be natural or induced - whichever, Chevron have stopped operations pending a full survey in conjunction with the Brasilian Government's appropriate agency. This strikes me as entirely right and proper.

    Nov 14th, 2011 - 12:17 pm 0
  • briton

    oh dear, oh dear,
    we hope no argie bloggers read this,
    they love nothing better than to condem others for oil leaks,
    dear oh dear, lol.

    Nov 14th, 2011 - 05:10 pm 0
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