14 August 2013 15:37 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela’s (PDVSA) Cardon refinery in the Falcon state suffered a fire in a catalytic plant overnight, a source familiar with the refinery’s operations said on Wednesday.
The fire was quickly brought under control early Wednesday morning, and operations were not affected, the source said.
Venezuela's refining circuit has reported several incidents in recent months that have affected the production capacity of refined products and forced the country to look for more product out of the US Gulf and Europe.
Calls to PDVSA were not immediately returned.
The Cardon refinery, the second largest in the country, has a refining capacity of 310,000 bbls/day of crude oil and 4,800 bbls/day of Group I base oils, according to PDVSA.
The Paraguana Refining Complex has the capacity to process 940,000 bbls/day of crude oil and includes the Amuay, Cardon and Bajo Grande refineries. It produces about 66% of domestic fuel demand for Venezuela.
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