Chevron Corp. “takes full responsibility” for the oil spill off Brazil, the U.S.-based supermajor’s top executive in the South American country, George Buck, said.
The spill occurred earlier this month at a Chevron-operated appraisal well in the vicinity of the company’s offshore Frade field, located 370 kilometers (230 miles) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state at a depth of approximately 1,200 meters (3,930 feet) in the Campos basin, Brazil’s main oil-producing area.
“The sheen, estimated at approximately 18 barrels or less in volume, is located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) offshore Brazil and continues moving away from the coast,” Chevron said in a statement released on Sunday.
Between 200 barrels per day (bpd) and 330 bpd of crude spilled into the ocean from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15, but the flow has slowed in the past few days because the company capped the well, Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, or ANP, said.
“We are committed to deploying resources until the sheen can no longer be detected,” Buck said.