Venezuela’s PDVSA begins Amuay start-up after 2-month maintenance

26 April 2012 16:26  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela’s (PDVSA) Amuay refinery in western Venezuela began a start–up process after almost two months of maintenance, a source familiar with the refinery said on Thursday.

The catalytic distillation unit (CDU), which processes about 65,000 bbl/day, has begun the start–up process, the source said.

The CDU is linked with the alkylation unit.

Maintenance began on 30 January on a catalytic unit at the refinery, which is part of the Paraguana Refining Complex in Falcon state. Maintenance was originally planned to begin at the end of 2011, but was delayed.

The maintenance also included work on a reformer at the Cardon refinery, which is in the same refining complex as Amuay.

Fresh catalyst was added after a breakdown at the reformer caused the old catalyst to degrade, the source said. The issue at the reformer also affected a heavy distillate hydrodesulphurisation unit.

The 940,000 bbl/day Paraguana Refining Complex includes the Amuay, Cardon and Bajo Grande refineries and produces about 66% of domestic fuel demand for Venezuela.

By: Leela Landress
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