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Four Petrobras operated offshore platforms are still offline after a leak was detected Friday at a pipeline connecting two of the platforms.

Local oil worker union Sindipetro-ES told Reuters that about 1,849 gallons of oil spilled from a pipeline that connects the Petrobras operated PCM-5 and PCM-6 production platforms at the Camorim field in offshore Brazil .

Production at the PCM-5, PCM-6, PCM-8 and PCM-9 platforms was stopped once the leak was detected.

Petrobras confirmed the leak and said nearly all of the spilled oil has been collected or dispersed although a small amount of oil may make its way to the shore.

The state owned company expects to complete pipeline repairs by Friday and said production is expected to resume on Saturday.

According to Brazil’s oil regulator, ANP, the four platforms produce a combined 60,000 cubic feet of natural gas per day and 400 barrels of crude per day.

“The little leaks from these platforms are constant due to the lack of maintenance. We joke that there is more clamp than pipeline,” Sindipetro-ES director Stoessel Chagas told Reuters.

Regulators have not decided if they will investigate the incident but said they will continue monitoring the spill.

Last week Petrobras said its worldwide production numbers climbed 5 percent in 2014 despite an ongoing corruption scandal.


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