Petrobras suspends production at Albacora FPSO over oil and gas leaks

Petrobras suspends production at Albacora FPSO over oil and gas leaks

Brazil’s troubled state oil firm Petrobras, has suspended production at its P-31 FPSO offshore Rio de Janeiro because of safety concerns about oil and gas leaks, according to Reuters.

The closure, which was prompted after a mixture of oil and water leaked in the FPSO’s pump room, happened on Tuesday but was only confirmed on Thursday.

P-31 is in the Albacora-Leste oil field in the Campos Basin. The field has proven reserves of around 534m barrels.

This is the second stoppage at P-31 in eight days as output was also halted on January 11 after a gas leak was detected.

Donal Scully

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