Petrobras P-34 FPSO In Trouble

The Petrobras P-34 is listing due to and elctronics systems failure. All 76 crewmembers have been evacuated safely. The rig is located in the Barracuda-Caratinga Field in the Campos Basin area 50 miles offshore Brazil's Rio de Janeiro in approximately 2,800 feet of water

The FPSO is currently stabilized at a 32 degree angle. A support vessel is on site with 7 specialists that will enter the ship to close valves and isolate the tanks, and then pump water to stabilize the ship. The cause of the incident is unknown, however, a major fault in the electrical system suspected. It is not clear how the power blackout affected the tanks in a way that caused the ship to list. Petrobras said that the ship is stabilized and without any risk of sinking.

The rig produces 34,000 barrels of oil per day and 195,000 cubic meters of gas from eight wells in the Barracuda field and two wells from the Caratinga field.. The P-34 is an FPSO that was based on a converted tanker. It was upgraded for operations in 1993 and installed on the Barracuda Field in 1997.




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