AUGUST 1984: ENCHOVA PLATFORM ACCIDENT

May 28, 2017

The Enchova Central platform was located in the Campos Basin near Rio de Janeiro and operated by the Brazilian state company Petrobras. On the morning of August 16, 1984, a blowout occurred leading to an explosion and fire. Most of the workers were evacuated from the platform by lifeboats and helicopter. If the explosion and fire did not cause any serious injury and fatality a major evacuation accident occurred. Due to the malfunction of the lowering mechanism, the platform lifeboat remained vertically suspended and eventually fell into the sea. The accident caused the death of 36. Six other workers died after jumping into the sea.
Less than 4 years later, in April 1988, during a workover operations on one of the 24 wells of the platform another blow out occurred. The resulting fire burned for a month causing major topside damage but all workers were safely evacuated. Relying on state-of-the-art technology, Petrobras drilled two relief wells in 30 days time and successfully controlled the blowout.