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Venezuela Amuay and Cardon refineries halted by blackout

July 09/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Venezuelas Amuay and Cardon refineries are halted following a blackout in the early morning hours, reported Reuters on Sunday with reference to two oil industry sources with knowledge of the issue.

The twin refineries together form the 955,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Paraguana Refining Center, which has been operating well below capacity for years because of chronic operational problems that have been aggravated by Venezuelas economic crisis.

"Blackout in both refineries," one employee who works in the complex wrote in a text message. "Its going to be difficult to get the system back up."

We remind that, as MRC informed before, in late February 2019, Houston-based Citgo Petroleum slowed work on an overhaul of its 235 Mbpd Aruba refinery due to a lack of financing stemming from US sanctions on Venezuela's state-run PDVSA.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, Citgo petroleum corporation, Venezuela.
Category:General News
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