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The Accident of the P-36 Platform: The Rupture of the Emergency Drainage Tank

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Paulo Mauricio Videiro, Carlos Cyranka, Giovani C. Nunes, Aglairton P. Melo

Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2002-28014, pp. 17-23; 7 pages
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 2
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3612-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


On March 15, 2001, the P-36 Platform had an accident, which led to the sinking of the unit. The platform was in operation in Roncador Field, at Campos Basin, in 1360 m water depth. This paper describes the analyses performed to validate the hypothesis that the first main event in the accident was the structural rupture of the starboard Emergency Drainage Tank. This tank was located inside the aft-starboard column of the platform. With the internal shell tank rupture due to overpressure, equipment and piping inside the column were damaged, causing the flooding of pontoon and column with water, raw oil and gas, that ignited resulting in the second event, an actual explosion.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Drainage , Accidents , Rupture



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