12 March 2012 17:06 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN (ICIS) - Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) began the restart process at two refineries that were shut down over the weekend after malfunctions, the state-owned oil company said on Monday.
The Cardon refinery in western Venezuela, the second largest in the country, was shut down on 9 March after an air instrument failure, according to PDVSA.
The Puerto de la Cruz refinery, in eastern Venezuela, also was shutdown on 10 March after an incident with the electronic system, the company said.
Repairs to the air system at Cardon were completed within eight hours and units restarted, PDVSA said.
A source familiar with the plant’s operations said the refinery would not be producing for at least 15 days.
Domestic fuel supplies in Venezuela were affected and shortages are possible, the source said.
All process units at the Puerto de la Cruz refinery have begun the startup process, according to PDVSA.
Amuay, the largest refinery in the country, is in a maintenance turnaround.
The Cardon refinery has a refining capacity of 310,000 bbls/day, and Puerto de la Cruz has a processing capacity of 187,000 bbls/day
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