BW Offshore almost ready to tow fire-wrecked FPSO

BW Offshore almost ready to tow fire-wrecked FPSO

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.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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