(Rio de Janeiro, December 8, 2005). PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, announces that an oil slick was detected at 05.40 hours this Thursday, in the vicinity of the transportation system in the center-south region of the Campos Basin oil field, close to platform PCE-1. Production at this system was immediately diverted to other transportation systems and the leakage consequently eliminated. Support vessels and a helicopter were brought in to estimate the extension of the slick and the volume of oil spilled. Preliminary estimates indicate approximately 30 m3 of oil (30,000 liters).
Petrobras Emergency Plan was brought into action, with the participation of two oil spill
containment and oil skimmer vessels, three support vessels and one vessel for inspecting the equipment and determining the cause of the accident. A helicopter continues active in the region to monitor and control these actions.
The appropriate authorities have been duly informed of the occurrence.