Petrobras scandal grows in platform disaster aftermath

Complicating the handling of the aftermath of the P-36 platform disaster off Brazil for operator Petroleo Brasileiro SA is a blossoming scandal over whether the state firm knew of problems with the structure before explosions crippled it, killing 11 workers.The platform, converted from a semisubmersible drilling rig, sank in 1,350 m of water at Roncador field in the Campos basin, 80 miles off Rio de Janeiro, late last month (OGJ, Mar. 26, 2001, p. 24).InvestigationsBrazil's Nation Oil Works Union (FUP) has released internal documents from Petrobras that FUP alleges shows Petrobras knew of problems with the structure before it exploded and sank.On Mar. 22, the death toll, which had bee...

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