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Explosion in Petrobras floating oil rig kills at least three; six missing

Thursday, February 12th 2015 - 05:23 UTC
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The Cidade de São Mateus is a floating oil production, storage and offloading ship (FPSO) The Cidade de São Mateus is a floating oil production, storage and offloading ship (FPSO)

At least three oil workers were killed and others were injured in an explosion at an offshore oil and natural gas platform in Brazil operated by state-run energy company Petroleo Brasileiro SA , union officials have said.

 The workers were killed in an explosion aboard the Cidade de São Mateus, a floating oil production, storage and offloading ship (FPSO), said Davidson Lombo, finance director of Sindepetro-ES, the union representing workers on the platform.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. At least four others were injured and six are still missing, Lombo told reporters in an interview from Petrobras headquarters in Vitoria, where he was accompanying rescue and recovery efforts.

The Cidade de São Mateus operates in the Camarupim field 75 kilometers northeast of Vitoria, the capital of Brazil's Espirito Santo state, and produced about 2,000 barrels a day of oil as recently as February 2014, according to the latest data available from Brazil's petroleum regulator ANP. She is owned by BW Offshore.

Categories: Energy & Oil, Brazil.

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  • ChrisR

    Oh dear, Brasso won't be able to claim the Americans did this, will he?

    Shame about the loss of life on what is always seen as an easy job, if such a thing exists in the oil business.

    I bet the management were leaned on by the union to go soft on their workers and a few safety rules were ignored as they had always ignored them 'without any problems'. It is always thus.

    Feb 12th, 2015 - 11:00 am 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. Will they have to pay the wages of the deceased? Life insurance? More money saved for the failing Brazilian economy! I suppose it's just a new method. How many Brazilians are murdered every week? Part of the 'economic balancing'? When will it be Brasileiro's turn? Next month? Next week? Tomorrow? How many Brazilians make it to the age of 70? Why?

    Feb 12th, 2015 - 01:47 pm 0
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