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PdV refining complex had 349 incidents in 2011
17 Apr 2012 20:49 GMT
Caracas, 17 April 2012 (Argus) Venezuelan state-owned oil company PdV’s 940,000 b/d Paraguana Refining Complex (CRP) suffered 349 operational events or accidents in 2011 that injured 157 workers.
Futpv oil union general secretary Ivan Freites today revealed the numbers, citing PdV figures, and an energy ministry official confirmed them separately.
The CRP includes the 630,000 b/d Amuay refinery and the 310,000 b/d Cardon refinery.
The almost daily accidents at the CRP helped reduced the refineries’ combined effective operational processing capacity to 622,000 b/d, 67.5pc of last year’s target of 921,000 b/d, Freites said.
CRP operations shut completely on three separate occasions last year because of regional power blackouts and sustained $321mn in operational losses in all, Freites said.