Venezuela PDVSA halts flexicoker unit at Amuay refinery

07 February 2013 19:47  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has halted operations of the flexicoker unit at its Amuay refinery in the northwestern state of Falcon, the state-run oil company said on Thursday.

The unit was stopped as a preventative measure after a pipeline rupture was detected on Tuesday morning, PDVSA said.

The refinery has sufficient inventory levels to guarantee the supply of fuels to the domestic and export markets while the unit is off line, PDVSA said.

The company ensured there had been no leakage of fuel as a result of the rupture. Operations were expected to resume in one week.

Amuay, part of the Paraguana Refining Complex that also includes the Bajo Grande and Cardon refineries, has a refining capacity of 645,000 bbl/day.

The refinery has suffered a number of setbacks in recent years. In August last year, a gas-leak explosion and fire in one of the refinery’s storage depots killed 42 people and injured 150.

By: Simon West

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