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Report: Brazil expects more oil spills

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 20 (UPI) -- More oil spills are expected from the Frade field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, a local Brazilian newspaper reports.

U.S. supermajor Chevron reported a "small new seep" from the Frade oil field off Brazil. The company, in a video of the incident, said "intermittent droplets of oil" were being captured by a containment device deployed over the site of the seep.

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O Globo, a Portuguese-language newspaper in Brazil, cites an anonymous and unidentified source as saying Brazilian officials expect more spills from the site. Chevron, the Brazilian newspaper adds, is called on to start drilling a relief well to prevent more spills.

The Frade field is about 230 miles off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

In a related incident late last year, Chevron said sheen drifting from the site represented about 650 barrels of oil but later reported that around 2,400 barrels of oil had leaked from the site.

Chevron already faces a multimillion-dollar fine imposed by the Brazilian government over last year's Frade field spill.

The government this week barred officials from Chevron and rig-owner Transocean from leaving the country.

Chevron hasn't updated its incident report since Monday.

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