28 June 2012 23:06 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela’s (PDVSA) Amuay refinery in western Venezuela shut units after a fault in the cooling system was detected, a source familiar with the refinery said on Thursday.
A leak was detected in the main water intake to the cooling system, which affected the distillation units and forced a shutdown of a flexicoker, the source familiar with operations said.
The flexicoker is used to produce light fuels such as gasoline and diesel.
The refinery, which is part of the Paraguana Refining Complex in Falcon state, ended two months of maintenance at the refinery in April. The maintenance was originally planned to begin at the end of 2011, but was delayed.
Venezuela's refining circuit has reported several incidents in the past years that have affected the production capacity of refined products and forced Venezuela to look for more product out of the US Gulf and Europe.
Amuay has a refining capacity of 645,000 bbl/day.
The Paraguana Refining Complex has the capacity to process 940,000 bbl/day and includes the Amuay, Cardon and Bajo Grande refineries and produces about 66% of domestic fuel demand for Venezuela.
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