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Oil spill stops production in Chevron Brazil

16th March 2012

Minor oil spill prompts Chevron to temporarily halt production at a subsidiary branch.

OIl spill
Spill detected in Campos Basin, Brazil

Chevron has asked to temporarily suspend field production operations at its site in the Campos Basin, Brazil, after a leak was detected.

The decision to request the temporary shut-in of production is a precautionary measure based on very recent information, said Chevron in a statement on 15 March.

The company will conduct a comprehensive technical study and prepare a complementary study to better understand the geological features of the area, working with its partners and seeking the necessary approvals from National Petroleum Agency (ANP).
The decision was endorsed by Chevron's partners. The company has filed its request before the appropriate regulatory agencies and anticipates a response in a short timeframe.

Frade field currently produces approximately 60,000 barrels per day, equivalent to approximately 30,000 barrels net. Following an order from ANP in December, Chevron suspended water reinjection in four wells in the field. 

Chevron has a 51.74 per cent operating interest in the Frade Field. Other partners in the project are Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras, 30 percent; and Frade Japão Petróleo Ltda., a joint-venture company of INPEX, Sojitz and JOGMEC, 18.26 percent.

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