15 November 2012 22:20 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS) --Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) enacted security procedures and shut down processing plants after a power failure at the Dovali Jaime refinery, the state-owned oil company said on Thursday.
Security procedures and flaring started at 14:15 hours on Thursday afternoon, the company said.
Four turbogenerators and 26 processing plants were shut, and operations were halted at the entire refinery complex, a source familiar with the plant’s operations said.
Mexico's refining circuit has reported several incidents in the past years that have affected the production capacity of refined products and forced Mexico to look for more product out of the US Gulf and Europe.
The refinery, the largest in Mexico, has a processing capacity of 330,000 barrels/day, according to Pemex.
Located in the port city of Salina Cruz in the southern state of Oaxaca, the refinery was built in 1979, with the goal of reducing Mexico’s dependency on US gasoline, refined product and petrochemical imports.
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