A power failure on July 7 stopped the CRP, the largest refining complex in Venezuela, leaving all units out of service
With information from Reuters
The Venezuelan refinery Amuay partially resumed operations after a blackout occurred about two weeks ago, four industry sources and workers said Thursday.
The catalytic cracking unit, which produces gasoline, started with a production level of 68,000 barrels per day (bpd) and two Amuay distillation units are in operation with loads of 65,000 bpd and 70,000 bpd respectively, operators said.
The Cardón refinery, which together with Amuay forms the Paraguaná Refining Center (CRP) with a combined capacity of 955,000 bpd, remains in detention since the electrical failure occurred, two sources from the state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) said.
A power failure on July 7 stopped the CRP, the largest refining complex in Venezuela, leaving all units out of service.
“Everything is apparently stopped until the (next) weekend, maybe a little earlier. We are waiting, ”said a Cardón operator. "Amuay does have two distillers with low load up (operating)," he explained.
The oil company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The refining circuit of the OPEC member country suffers a substantial decrease in its operations due to recurrent failures, which critics attribute to the lack of investment, theft and poor management of the units in the oil facilities.
Venezuela, which has the largest oil reserves in the world, often attributes blackouts to sabotage and ensures that it works to improve its plants.