Fire injures six at Petrobras refinery in Brazil

jueves 11 de septiembre de 2014 15:35 GYT

SAO PAULO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - A fire at a refinery operated by Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras left six workers injured in Sao Paulo state on Thursday but operations were continuing normally, the company said.

The petroleum workers' union has warned of deteriorating conditions at Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known. On Aug. 20, a worker died by severe burning at a refinery in the city of Manaus.

The Henrique Lage refinery, known as Revap, has the capacity to process 252,000 barrels per day in the city of São José dos Campos, making it the country's third largest refinery.

The Brazilian union for petroleum workers, or FUP, has said Petrobras' refineries are operating at more than 95 percent of capacity in an effort to reduce money-losing imports, with maintenance being cut back to dangerously low levels.

Petrobras said the fire was under control and the firm would provide assistance to the workers and their families.

A spokesman for the local health department in São José dos Campos said that two men who suffered burns were in serious condition at the local hospital but were not at risk of death. (Reporting by Marta Nogueira and Gustavo Bonato; Writing by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by David Gregorio)