30 April 2013 18:48 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela's (PDVSA) Amuay refinery in the western part of the country has resumed operations on a distillation unit affected by the explosion in August 2012, the state-owned oil giant said on Tuesday.
The refinery is processing 492,000 bbl/day, or 76% of its installed capacity, PDVSA said.
Maintenance at the refinery comes after multiple production issues forced various shutdowns during 2012 including the worst refining accident in the country last August.
Increased diesel, gasoline and asphalt production have increased Amuay’s refining margins, the company said, adding that it will have more asphalt available for export.
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 bbl/day.
The Paraguana Refining Complex has the capacity to process 940,000 bbls/day and includes the Amuay, Cardon and Bajo Grande refineries, producing about 66% of domestic fuel demand for Venezuela.
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