Explosion on Petrobras drillship off Brazil kills one and injures three

Petrobras on Friday reported an explosion on a drillship offshore Brazil that left one worker dead and three injured, according to Reuters.

The blast occurred on the NL 32 vessel located in the Marlim Field in the northeast part of Campos Basin, about 110km off of Rio de Janeiro.

Of the three injured people, two are in a serious condition.

Petrobras, Brazil’s state oil firm, said that the drillship, operated by a division of Brazilian engineering, construction and chemicals conglomerate Odebrecht called Odebrecht Oleo e Gas, was in safe condition as the blast was not followed by fire.

An investigation into the cause of the incident will follow, the company said.

Donal Scully

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