Fire strikes Petrobras platform

June 2, 2014

Petrobras reported a fire on 31 May aboard semisubmersible platform Namorado 1 (PNA-1), located in the Campos basin at Namorado field, which is operated by the Brazilian national.

Sindipetro, the area oil union, said that thefire 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. Petrobras said that the fire was immediately controlled, that injuries were minor, with five workers were released after treatment.

Production is still stopped, but Petrobras said it planned to continue to resume 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) were 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 was connected to PNA-1. These units are under contract for four years, and join four that are already in place in the Campos basin.

On 27 December 2013, a fire on the main deck of the P-20 platform halted production on another Petrobras semisubmersible in the Campos basin.



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