12 February 2013 17:05 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS) --Petroleos de Venezuela's (PDVSA) Amuay refinery in western Venezuela will halt a flexicoker for maintenance, a source familiar with the refinery said on Tuesday.
The maintenance is expected to last 60 days and comes after multiple production issues on the unit have forced various shutdowns during 2012, the source familiar with operations said.
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, is the largest in the country.
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 bbls/day.
The Paraguana Refining Complex has the capacity to process 940,000 bbls/day and includes the Amuay, Cardon and Bajo Grande refineries and produces about 66% of domestic fuel demand for Venezuela.
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