Petrobras stops oil leak at offshore Marlim field

3/4/2013

Petrobras stops oil leak at offshore Marlim field

BY ANGEL GONZALEZ

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Petrobras has stopped oil leaking from underwater equipment at the offshore Marlim oil field. ROVs were used to staunch oil flowing from a wet Christmas tree, Petrobras said. A drill rig was also brought to the site to start intervention work on the well connected to the wet Christmas tree.

A Petrobras spokeswoman could not confirm whether an oil slick was still visible on the ocean's surface near the Marlim field, which sits about 172 km off the coast from Macae, a city in northeast Rio de Janeiro state that is Petrobras' operations base. The Campos basin, where the Marlim field is located, produces more than 85% of Brazil's crude oil.

The spill was spotted, when a 13-liter slick was found on the ocean's surface near Marlim. A larger, 95-liter slick was then discovered, Petrobras said. By the time the leak was stopped, the size of the slick had diminished to about 3 liters of crude oil.

Petrobras said that it was in contact with Brazil's Navy, environmental regulator Ibama and National Petroleum Agency (ANP), about the spill. Earlier, ANP Director Magda Chambriard said in an interview that the spill was very small, at about "one hundred liters" and was under control.

Dow Jones Newswires

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