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PDVSA partly restarts Amuay refinery after blackout

July 19/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA partly restarted activity at its 645,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Amuay refinery where a blackout halted operations in early July, sources said, though it remained well below capacity, reported Reuters.

The refinerys catalytic cracker restarted and was processing 68,000 bpd, one of the sources said. Three other sources said two distilling units were processing a total of 135,000 bpd. The neighboring 310,000 bpd Cardon refinery remains offline, the sources said.

Neither PDVSA nor Venezuelas oil ministry immediately responded to requests for comment.

Outages are frequent at the twin facilities that together form the 955,000 bpd Paraguana Refining Center, which has been operating well below capacity for years because of chronic operational problems aggravated by OPEC member Venezuelas economic crisis.

Low output from the refineries, together with sanctions on PDVSA by the United States as part of its effort to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro, has contributed to fuel shortages throughout Venezuela in recent months.

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, USA.
Category:General News
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