Petrobras’ Ultra-Deepwater Chinook Field Leaks Hydraulic Oil into Gulf of Mexico

(Dow Jones) RIO DE JANEIRO--Brazilian state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA(PBR, PETR4.BR), or Petrobras, said Wednesday a "small leak" of hydraulic fluid was detected during commissioning of a submarine system Sunday at its Chinook field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. "The fluid was diluted without causing damage to people or the environment,"Petrobras said in an … [Read more...]

BW Pioneer Starts Production in the Gulf of Mexico for Petrobras

Almost a year after they had planning to start production, oil has finally started to flow from Petrobras' Cascade Field, 250 kilometers south of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.  Collecting these hydrocarbons is the BW Pioneer FPSO (a Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel platform), which is literally anchored in water 2,500 meters (over 8000 feet) deep. This … [Read more...]

On the strength of one link in the cable…

Dependeth the might of the chain. Who knows when thou may'st be tested? So live that thou bearest the strain! Brazilian oil giant Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) learned the 5th Law of the Navy recently as new ROV video has revealed a distinct separation in a chain link used to support one of the five vertical production risers feeding the ultra-deepwaer FPSO BW Pioneer.  This … [Read more...]

Setback in the Gulf for Petrobras: BW Pioneer drops a production riser, Cascade and Chinook shut in (Update)

gCaptain just received news that on 25 23 March, one of Petrobras' 8000-foot long production risers fell to the sea floor after the chain connecting it to its massive bouyancy can failed.  There are no reports of any hydrocarbon release, however it will likely take some time before Cascade and Chinook will be ready to start production again.   The news comes just 8 6 days after … [Read more...]