Venezuela PDVSA extinguishes fire at Amuay refinery

30 December 2013 17:05  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has extinguished a fire that broke out on Monday morning in a distilling unit at the company’s Amuay refinery in northeast Venezuela, the state-run oil producer said in a statement.

The blaze, which PDVSA described as “minor”, began in the refinery’s Destiladora-3 unit at about 05:35 local time (10:05 GMT) and was extinguished an hour and half later, the company said.

No injuries were reported, according to PDVSA.

The 645,000 bbl/day refinery is operating normally, and the fire has not affected the supply of fuels to domestic or international markets, PDVSA said.

The refinery, which is part of the 940,000 bbl/day Paraguana Refining Complex (CRP) in Venezuela’s Falcon state, is the largest in the country. The CRP also houses the Bajo Grande and Cardon refineries.

In August 2012, a gas-leak explosion and fire at Amuay killed a reported 42 people and injured about 150. An official state investigation report released in September of this year concluded that the explosion was caused by sabotage.

By: Simon West

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