FPSO CIDADE DE MARICA fire, Santos Basin
Fire erupted in transformers compartment of FPSO CIDADE DE MARICA, positioned at Santos Basin offshore, Brazil, in the morning Jan 16. Fire was extinguished in about an hour by FPSO’s personnel with standard firefighting equipment, damages said to be minimal, but production was halted, nevertheless. Safety survey and checks were to be carried out before restarting production.
Brazil’s Petrobras is operating FPSO Cidade de Marica, located in the Lula field, in the pre-salt layer of the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. The Cidade de Marica is a floating, production, storage and offloading unit that produces, stores and transfers oil. The vessel is located at approximately 270 kilometers from the coast, at a water depth of 2,120 meters. According to Petrobras, with a daily production capacity of up to 150,000 barrels of oil and 6 million cubic meters of gas, this is the seventh major definitive production system in the pre-salt layer of the Santos Basin.
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