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    Petrobras examines its options

    News // May 4, 2001
    Offshore Shipbrokers in the UK says contractors, banks and private individuals are trying to put forward replacement units for the P-36 production rig which sank last month while operating on the deepwater Roncador field offshore Brazil.

    The broker says there is a strong possibility that Petrobras may convert the storage tanker for the field, P-47 (ex Eastern Strength, built 1973, 280,000dwt).

    Surveys have shown that there has been no damage to the wellheads and production lines. It is not certain whether the conversion would be for short or longterm use, says Offshore Shipbrokers.

    Other industry sources say Petrobras has invited proposals for a new rig to replace P-36.

    Tenders are being sought for a new platform that will match the capacity of P-36 (180,000 barrels per day).

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