PDVSA’s Cardon refinery resumes hydroprocessing operations

21 June 2013 17:47  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela's (PDVSA) Cardon refinery in the Falcon state resumed operations at the hydroprocessing plant after maintenance was completed, a source familiar with the state-owned oil company's operations said on Friday.

Maintenance, which began in October 2012, included the overhaul of 83 heat exchangers, 10 towers, 47 drums, a boiler and 5,000 kilometres of pipelines, according to PDVSA.

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.

The Cardon refinery, the second largest in the country, has a refining capacity of 310,000 bbl/day and 4,800 bbl/day Group I base oil, according to PDVSA.

By: Leela Landress
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