Fire disrupts lubricants production at PDVSA’s Cardon refinery

17 April 2013 17:07  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--An early morning fire at Petroleos de Venezuela's (PDVSA) Cardon refinery in the Falcon state affected production on a methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) de-waxing unit, a source familiar with the the state-owned oil company's operations said on Wednesday.

The fire at the western Venezuela refinery occurred because of an oil leak on a pump and has caused the shutdown of the unit, the source said.

The lubricants plant had started production a few days ago, the source said.

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 has 1,250 bbls/day of Group I base oil production located at Amuay, Venezuela and 4,800 bbls/day Group I production at a Cardon, Venezuela.

The Cardon refinery, the second largest in the country, has a refining capacity of 310,000 bbls/day, according to PDVSA.

By: Leela Landress
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