27 March 2013 22:15 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS) --Petroleos de Venezuela's (PDVSA) Amuay refinery in western Venezuela is normalising operations after maintenance and processing 352,000 bbl/day, the state-owned oil giant said on Wednesday.
Maintenance on the flexicoker comes after multiple production issues on the unit forced various shutdowns during 2012 including the worst refining accident in the country's history last August.
The explosion in August killed a reported 41 refinery workers and damaged large sections of the facility.
Maintenance on the flexicoker began in February and was completed last week.
The unit 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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