Fire breaks out on Petrobras FPSO

Fire breaks out on Petrobras FPSO

Fire broke out on a Petrobras majority-operated FPSO offshore Brazil on Tuesday.

Petrobras, Brazil’s troubled state-run oil giant, said the blaze was controlled on the Cidade de Marica FPSO vessel.

The FPSO’s personnel tackled the fire, which broke out in the transformers compartment, with standard firefighting equipment.

No crew person was injured and environmental damage was reported.

Production from the vessel would remain halted until safety checks could be completed, however.

Cidade de Marica is located in the Lula field Lula Alto area in BM-S-11 block of the Santos Basin pre-salt area about 160 miles off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

It has a daily production capacity of 150,000 barrels of oil and is operated by a consortium headed by Petrobras and also including Royal Dutch Shell and Petrogal, a Brazilian subsidiary of Portuguese conglomerate Galp.

The cause of the fire was not released.

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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