Following being shut-down on February 10 due to labor issues, Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) has resumed production at its Cherne 2 platform (PCH2), which was authorized February 17.
Permission was granted after a report was issued, based on the inspection that was carried out on February 14 by Rio de Janeiro Regional Labor and Employment Superintendence (SRTE/RJ) inspectors.
According to the Superintendence, there is no longer any "serious and imminent risk in the work environment," making it possible to partially suspend the closure.
The platform resumed operations within hours of authorization, with partial production equivalent to those in force prior to the shutdown. The auxiliary oil transfer system will be used to restart production. The main system will remain shut down.
The unit will reach full capacity after the scheduled maintenance shutdown, planned in November 2010 and due to get under way in February.
The Cherne field is in the Campos Basin and the Cherne 2 fixed platform came on stream in 1988 in a water column of 142 meters. The platform is located 55 kilometers from the coast.