Petrobras calls on Odebrecht to stop operating drillship involved in fatal blast

Petrobras has asked offshore drilling company Odebrecht Oil and Gas (OOG) to halt operations on a drillship which suffered a fatal explosion in June, according to Reuters.

Brazil’s state oil firm, Petrobras has also threatened to cancel contracts pertaining to the drillship, operating in the Marlim field in the northeast Campos Basin off Rio de Janeiro.

The news agency cited company documents seen on Monday.

Three workers died and another was injured in the June 9 blast in a boiler which was undergoing maintenance work on the Norbe VIII.

Petrobras made its request to halt operations on the drillship after an internal commission completed its study of the incident.

OOG has its own commission investigating the explosion,

The Norbe VIII is under a 10-year contract until 2021.

Donal Scully

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