PDVSA’s Puerto de la Cruz refinery ‘incident’ this weekend

11 February 2013 17:33  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-owned oil company, reported an incident at its Puerto de la Cruz refinery in eastern Venezuela over the weekend, a source familiar with the plant’s operations said on Monday.

Production at the Puerto de la Cruz refinery was affected after an incident at its B-1901 heater in processing plant, according to the source.

Venezuela's refining circuit has reported several incidents in the past months that have affected the production capacity of refined products and forced Venezuela to look for more product out of the US Gulf and Europe.

PDVSA is performing maintenance to restart the heater, the source said.

It is unknown when the work will be complete.

Domestic fuel supplies in Venezuela will not be affected, according to PDVSA.

The Puerto de la Cruz refinery has a processing capacity of 187,000 bbls/day.

By: Leela Landress
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