Field outage can lead to layoffs

Last Wednesday (13), the Single Federation of Oil Tankers (FUP) warned of the number of layoffs that can be caused by the shutdown of production on marine platforms and in land oil fields. The trade union also cited the estimate of the Institute for Strategic Studies in Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (Ineep), which points out that the interruption of activities can extinguish more than 5,000 jobs in the state of Bahia alone.

Due to the drop in the price of oil, last month alone, 62 platforms in shallow water fields in the Campos, Sergipe, Potiguar and Ceará basins were hibernated. The National Agency for Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) confirmed that, so far, 36 fields have had hibernation formally reported. Of this total, 33 are operated by Petrobras and 15 of them are terrestrial. The three fields in the Recôncavo Baiano are the only ones on the ANP list that are not operated by Petrobras.

According to the FUP, as of April, the company decontracted five drilling rigs, which led to the dismissal of 350 workers from the Dom João land field in São Francisco do Conde, in Recôncavo, employees of the company that provided the service to Petrobras. However, the state did not confirm the resignations. 

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