22 February 2012 21:21 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has begun the restart process of a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at the Cardon refinery in western Venezuela, a source familiar with refinery operations said on Wednesday.
The unit was shut on 21 February after a failure in a valve.
High octane fuel production at the refinery, which is part of the Paraguana Refining Complex in Falcon state, was affected because of the valve failure, the source said.
The catalytic unit produces about 40,000 bbl/day of high octane fuel, according to the source.
Venezuela's refining circuit has reported several incidents in the past months that have affected the production capacity of refined products and forced Venezuela to look for more product out of the US Gulf and Europe.
A crude distillation unit at the refinery remained shut after a fire two weeks ago, the source said.
Amuay, the largest refinery in the country, is currently in a maintenance turnaround.
The Paraguana Refining Complex has the capacity to process 940,000 bbl/day and includes the Amuay, Cardon and Bajo Grande refineries.
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