Fire breaks out aboard Petrobras FPSO in Santos Basin

FPSO Cidade de Marica

A fire broke out aboard a Petrobras-operated FPSO early on Tuesday, the Brazilian oil company has informed.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Petrobras said the fire had been identified aboard the Cidade de Maricá, in ​​Lula Alto Area of the Lula field, in the pre-salt area of the Santos basin.

The fire, spotted at 4:38 local time, was contained at 4:55am using the firefighting equipment aboard the FPSO. The production of the FPSO has been halted and will be resumed as soon as security tests are performed, Petrobras said.

The company has informed the relevant authorities, and a commission has been set up to investigate the causes of the incident. There was no harm to people or the environment, the company added.

The Lula Alto area, in the Lula field, is owned by the BM-S-11 Consortium, operated by Petrobras (65%), in partnership with Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda. (25%) and Petrogal Brasil S.A. (10%).

The vessel is located at approximately 270 kilometers from the coast, at a water depth of 2,120 meters. Cidade de Maricá has a daily production capacity of up to 150,000 barrels of oil and 6 million cubic meters of gas which is the seventh major definitive production system in the pre-salt layer of the Santos Basin.

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