25 August 2012 16:49 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--An explosion at Venezuela’s Amuay refinery on early Saturday killed at least 24 people and forced the evacuation of hundreds, according to news media reports.
A gas leak caused the blast at the 645,000 bbl/day refinery, which is part of the Paraguana Refining Complex in Falcon state, according to news reports.
Falcon state Governor Stella Lugo said on state television firefighters had the situation under control.
The refinery was shut down but could be restarted in as little as two days, authorities told news agencies.
The Paraguana Refining Complex is one of the largest in the world. It also includes Cardon and Bajo Grande refineries and meets about 70% of domestic fuel demand for Venezuela.
The Amuay refinery underwent two months of maintenance earlier this year.
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