Petrobras announces results from seepage analysis

By Hilton Price 

Petrobras has announced the oil seepage spotted in the Roncador Field off the coast of Rio De Janeiro was not from any oil produced in that field, and may not have been oil at all. An analysis of the droplets determined they of a similar makeup to fluids used in drilling operations.

Petrobras says there has been no recent drilling in the field. All existing wells have been examined, and the company says the cementing is sufficient.

The origin of the fluid is unknown. Petrobras currently has a team working to determine its origin. No surface oil slicks were spotted since the announcement of the seepage.

Roncador Field is located 120 kilometers offshore Rio de Janeiro. It is located near the Frade Field, where 3,000 barrels of oil leaked into the Atlantic Ocean last November.

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