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Dialogue to finalize plan for FPSO continued
The Brazilian oil company Petrobras has exercised a one-year extension of the contract for the "Cidade de Sao Mateus". BW Offshore said on March 14, 2018, it would continue its dialogue with the client towards finalizing a firm plan for the FPSO while the unit remained in lay-up at Singapore. The FPSO was in February 2015 involved in a gas explosion with fatal consequences while operating offshore Brazil. At the time of the accident, the unit was operated for Petrobras by BW Offshore on the Camarupim and Camarupim Norte fields in Espirito Santo littoral approximately 120 km from the coast in south-eastern Brazil. Nine of the 74 persons on-board lost their lives in the accident. Following the fatal incident, it took over a year to tow the damanged FPSO from the field to shore and it has been in lay-up ever since. BW signed an agreement with its insurers, with effective date Dec 22, 2016, for an early repair cost settlement of $250 million during January 2017. The amount was received in 2017.
BW Offshore a step closer to recovery
BW Offshore got a step closer to recovering the "Cidade de São Mateus" to shore for repairs more than a year after it was damaged in a fire. The fire, on Feb 11, 2015, on the Camarupim and Camarupim Norte fields in Espirito Santo littoral, about 120km from the coast in south-eastern Brazil saw nine of the 74 crew die and 26 require medical attention. The full extent of the damage is unlikely to be revealed until the vessel is towed to a yard, which will happen once riser and mooring disconnect work, which started in December 2015, is complete. Factors that led to the blast were non-compliance with operational procedures for fluid-pumping operations, the installation of a pipe rack without the correct technical specifications and registered incidents of non-compliance or alterations in security procedures. However, a detailed report has yet to be released.
Cause of FPSO Explosion that Killed 9 Revealed
Petrobras has completed its investigation of a FPSO explosion earlier this year that claimed the lives of nine people. The explosion occurred following a natural gas leak aboard the Cidade de São Mateus February 11 while the ship was anchored in the Camarupim oil field in the Espirito Santo Basin about 75 kilometers (46.5 miles) northeast of Vitoria, Brasil. Nine people died in the accident and 26 others were injured. The event was the most serious oil and gas incident to happen in Brazil in the past 14 years.The report announced today reveals that the deadly incident was caused by series of technical failures and poor decision making. Specifically, it cited a failure to follow proper fluid pumping procedures as well as the installation of an incompatible piece of equipment as the main causes of the explosion. Workers were also sent to the pump house after the alarm was triggered without prior procedural training. The Petrobras report is intended to improve industry safety standards and avoid incidents of the same nature in the future. The completed analysis was submitted to several governmental agencies that have collaborated with Petrobras over the course of the investigation, including the National Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP), the Federal Police and the Civil Police. BW Offshore, the operator of the Ciudade de São Mateus has begun sharing the report with others in the energy industry. Petrobras has gone on to deny any prior knowledge of the failings laid out in today’s report. Source : MAREXNews schreiben