UPDATE 5-Petrobras Brazil refinery blast injures 3, workers protest

lunes 19 de enero de 2015 17:13 GYT

* Workers suffered burns to 10-75 percent of bodies

* Petrobras does not say how refinery output affected

* Union says protest to cause small output cut (Adds work slowdown)

By Jeb Blount

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Three workers were seriously hurt in an explosion on Sunday at Petrobras' 323,000-barrel-a-day Landulpho Alves Refinery (RLAM) outside the northeastern city of Salvador, the second serious accident at Brazil's second-largest refinery in a week.

The union will stage a wildcat protest strike until Tuesday morning, Cedro Silva, a director of SindipetroBA, the union representing workers at RLAM, told Reuters. The protest, which includes reducing workers at the refinery and working to rule, will slow output by a small yet significant amount, he said, without specifying by how much.

Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as state-run Petrobras is formally known, declined on Monday to say if oil processing or fuel output at RLAM was affected by the accident. It will not affect fuel supplies to Brazilian consumers, the company said.

The explosion occurred in the U-38 hydrogen generation unit. The unit has no production directly related to it, according to Thomson Reuters refinery data.

The injured workers suffered burns to between 10 percent and 75 percent of their bodies and are being treated at a hospital.   Continuación...