BW Offshore announced on Monday that it is almost ready to tow ashore a FPSO from off the coast of Brazil, almost one year after a fatal explosion and fire on the vessel claimed nine workers’ lives.
The Cidade de Sao Mateus FPSO was being operated by Norway’s BW Offshore – which specializes in FPSO ownership and operation – on behalf of Brazil’s state oil giant Petrobras at the time of last February’s disaster.
The platform was located about 80 miles off the coast of Espirito Santo state in southeast Brazil.
A detailed assessment of the damage and causes of the fire will be made once the FPSO is towed to a yard although a statement from Petrobras in June 2015 blamed incorrect procedures and improper equipment installation.
Work on disconnecting risers and moorings began in December.