PDVSA restarts Amuay refinery, to start maintenance at Cardon

05 July 2012 20:42  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela’s (PDVSA) Amuay refinery restarted after a fault in the cooling system was detected last week and maintenance will start at the Cardon refinery next week, PDVSA said on Thursday.

Maintenance on Cardon’s lubricant complex is projected to start next week, a source familiar with the plant’s operations said. The source did not know how long the work was expected to last.

At Amuay, a leak was detected last week in the main water intake to the cooling system, which affected the distillation units and forced a shutdown of a flexicoker, a source familiar with operations said at the time of the shutdown.

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, while Cardon has a processing capacity of 310,000 bbl/day.

The Paraguana Refining Complex includes the Amuay, Cardon and Bajo Grande refineries and produces about 70% of domestic fuel demand for Venezuela.

($1 = €0.80)

By: Leela Landress
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