Two workers suffer burns in explosion on Petrobras rig

Two workers suffer burns in explosion on Petrobras rig

San Francisco: Petrobras halted production at one of its offshore platforms for three-and-a-half hours after an explosion injured two workers, Brazil’s state oil company confirmed on Thursday.

The men suffered second degree burns on their hands from the explosion which occurred in an electrical panel on the P-56 semi-submersible rig. It caused a small fire.

One of the workers was taken ashore for medical attention and the other stayed aboard the ship in the Marlim Sul field in the Campos Basin, 175 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro.

A spokesman from the national petroleum workers federation, FUP, also confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Thursday.

The injured men were identified by the union as Randerson Gomes, 46, and Marcus Vinicius de Almeida Rocha, 30.

Donal Scully

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