Venezuela’s PDVSA Palito refinery shuts crude unit - sources

02 March 2012 16:36  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Columbia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela’s (PDVSA) Palito refinery shut a crude unit on 29 February and fuel production had been down, sources at the facility said on Friday.

An unplanned outage on 29 February forced the shutdown of a crude processing unit until late Thursday afternoon, the sources said.

The refinery was said to be producing about 40,000 bbl/day of fuel out of the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) plant and fuel inventories in storage tanks were being used to cover demand, sources added.

Venezuela's refining circuit has reported several incidents in the past months that have affected the production capacity of refined product and forced the country to look for more product out of the US Gulf and Europe.

A hydrogen sulphide leak was also reported at a sulphur plant, which injured 10 workers after they inhaled poisonous gas, sources said.

On Thursday, the general manager at PDVSA's Palito refinery, Jesus Sanchez, said the process units were producing normally and that maintenance work was ongoing.

Sanchez added that reports of a hydrogen sulphide leak were false.

The refinery, which is located in the state of Carabobo, can process up to 146,000 bbl/day.

An official spokesperson from PDVSA was unavailable for comment.

By: Leela Landress
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