Accident on Petrobras’ oil platform kills one, injures two

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 06, 2009

Brazil’s state-run oil company said on Monday that an accident on an offshore platform killed one, injured two and suspended production.

The mishap was caused by a flaw in a valve of Platform FPSO-34 in the Jubarte field off the coast of Espirito Santo state in southeast Brazil.

The dead was 28-year-old boiler operator William Robson Vasconcelos who worked for UTC Engineering, a company hired by Petrobras.

Two other UTC workers, identified as Mario Alves de Souza and Marivaldo Pedro Alves de Souza, suffered light injuries.

The incident is now under investigation. It remains unknown when the production will be resumed, but Petrobras said it has taken all necessary measures to resume production as soon as possible.

FPSO-34 could produce up to 60,000 barrels of oil per day, but now it is only producing 40,000 barrels.

Story from Xinhua
Xinhua 5 Jan 2009

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