UPDATE 3-Brazil's Petrobras halts P-40 platform output after gas leak

lunes 15 de junio de 2015 18:02 GYT

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By Jeb Blount and Marta Nogueira

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 15 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA halted production on Sunday from its P-40 platform in the offshore Marlim Sul field after a gas leak on the vessel, an oil workers' union and the country's petroleum regulator said on Monday.

Petrobras, as the company is known, confirmed the leak later on Monday.

The P-40, a semi-submersible production platform, was producing about 45,915 barrels of oil and 800,000 cubic meters of natural gas a day when it was shut down, the union said on its website.

The regulator, known as the ANP, confirmed the shutdown in a statement, adding that no oil or gas was leaked into the ocean.

Petrobras said in a statement that the leak was quickly controlled and that production was in the process of being normalized. The company did not say how long production had been halted for.

The P-40, located about 175 kilometers (109 miles) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, is at the hub of a network of five platforms in Marlim Sul and at the center of Brazil's oil and gas pipelines that interlink undersea natural gas pipelines into a single export line to the coast.

The platform is also linked to an undersea pipeline system that exports oil from the neighboring Marlim field.   Continuación...