Petrobras completed its first transhipment operation in a non-owned terminal, at the Açu Petróleo Petroleum Terminal (T-OIL) located in the Açu Port Complex in the north of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The transshipment operation was conducted between May 24 to 25, by a suezmax class vessel, with the mooring of the vessels Henrique Dias (exporter) and Brazil 2014 (reliever).
Petrobras reported a hose rupture on February 23, at P-58 during the offloading of oil to a relief vessel. This caused an oil spill of about 188 m³. The offloading procedure was stopped immediately. The platform is in safe condition, while there are no victims or impact to the operation. Initial simulations show that there is no risk that the slick will reach the coast.
Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras confirmed occurrence of an oil leak on 2 January in one of the tanks of the FPSO ‘Cidade de Rio de Janeiro’, chartered by the company and operated by Modec do Brasil in the Espadarte field in the Campos Basin, approximately 130 km from the Macaé coastline, on the north coast of Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian energy major Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian oil major Equinor to evaluate a joint business development in the offshore wind energy industry in Brazil.
Petrobras agreed with US and Brazilian authorities to pay $853.2 million in penalties to resolve the US government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with Petrobras’s role in facilitating payments to politicians and political parties in Brazil, as well as a related Brazilian investigation.
Russian gas producer Novatek announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Novatek Gas and Power Asia Pte. Ltd., has shipped its first LNG cargo to the Brazilian market with LNG produced from the Yamal LNG project. The cargo was delivered to the Bahia Regasification Terminal owned by Petrobras.
Petrobras’s Chief Executive Pedro Parente informed about some “interesting discoveries” that the company is making in Campos Basin blocks, off Rio de Janeiro, where it is drilling to reach the pre-salt layer. These discoveries were made in fields being operated for years by the company, but Mr. Parente did not give any more information, as the findings are still being analyzed.
The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and Brazil’s Petrobras announced that the Brazilian company will join the initiative. This commitment is subject to the approval of the OGCI Climate Investments Members’ Agreement by the Petrobras Board of Directors.
The fire that occurred on the FPSO, broke out in the transformers compartment, but it was controlled, as the Cidade de Maricá’s personnel managed to deal with it effectively, using local firefighting equipment. No injuries or pollution were reported.
Japanese companies Mitsui & Co, MOL, Marubeni Corporation and MES have agreed to invest in a long-term charter business currently promoted by their compatriot MODEC, to provide a FPSO for use in the Sepia Area off Brazil.
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