Six Injured in Petrobras Platform Fire

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 @ 04:06 PM gHale

Petrobras reported a fire Saturday aboard semisubmersible platform Namorado 1 (PNA-1), located in the Campos basin at Namorado field, which is operated by the Brazilian national.

The fire broke out near the platform’s water tank just after 5 p.m. local time and burned for about 40 minutes, stopping production and injuring six workers from Odebrecht Oil & Gas, which were painting the platform, according to Sindipetro, the area oil union.

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Petrobras said they quickly got the fire under control and injuries were minor, with five workers released after treatment.

Production remains stopped for now, but Petrobras said it planned to continue to resume operations following “necessary inspections.” PNA-1 produced 2400bo/d in April.

As part of its Operational Efficiency Improvement Program, which addresses dwindling production and maintenance issues in older platforms, three maintenance and safety units (UMS) ended up moved to the Campos basin and connected to three respective platforms just weeks before the fire, on 19 May: Cidade São João da Barra, Cidade de Cabo Frio and Cidade de Araruama. Cidade São João da Barra connected to PNA-1. These units are under contract for four years, and join four that are already in place in the Campos basin.

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