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Friday August 1, 2014

Petrobras Stops Production at Offshore Rig after Fire, Spill Near Brazil

Petrobras Stops Production at Offshore Rig after Fire, Spill Near Brazil

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Brazilian state-controlled energy giant Petrobras halted production at its PNA-1 platform off the coast of the southeastern state of Rio de Janeiro after a fire broke out and oily water spilled, the Sindipetro NF oil workers union said Thursday.

No one was injured in the fire that erupted at around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, when technicians were performing welding work on one of the platform’s metal beams, the union said.

Safety technicians on board the vessel quickly brought the blaze under control using fire extinguishers, obviating the need for Petrobras’ fire brigade to intervene.

Shortly afterward, however, a spill occurred at a drain line on that same platform and forced Petrobras to halt production.

“The initial information from workers indicates there was a spill into the sea. Consulted by the union, Petrobras’ safety department said oily water leaked and would be controlled,” the Sindipetro NF statement said.

In compliance with safety measures, Petrobras halted production at PNA-1 pending repair of the drain line, to be concluded in the coming hours, the company said in a press release.

Petrobras said it reported the incident to the appropriate authorities and will immediately launch an investigation to determine the cause of the accidents.

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