Naphtha unit remains offline at Venezuela’s Puerto La Cruz refinery

30 May 2013 22:08  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--A naphtha reformer at Petroleos de Venezuela’s (PDVSA) Puerto La Cruz refinery remains offline following a glitch in the unit’s gas compressor four days ago, the company said on Thursday.

According to the state-run oil company, the reformer at Venezuela’s second largest domestic refinery was being restarted after planned maintenance when the engine motor of the G2002 compressor suddenly failed.

Restart of the reformer will begin once the engine motor has been repaired, the company said.

PDVSA would not say when the work will be complete. However, the company guaranteed that domestic fuel supplies would not be affected while the unit is offline.

The Puerto de la Cruz refinery in the northeastern state of Anzoategui has a processing capacity of 200,000 bbl/day and produces gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, light naphtha, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and paraffin.

The company earmarks 46% of output for the domestic market; the remainder is exported to the South and Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.

By: Simon West

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