May 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm #2267
Venezuela’s Largest Refinery Complex Hit By Power Outage
Published: May 12, 2011
CARACAS (Dow Jones)– A power outage at Venezuela’s largest refinery complex partially shut down operations Thursday, a spokesman at the workers’ union said. The complex in Paraguana, located in the northwestern state of Falcon, is home to the 640,000-barrel-a-day Amuay refinery, the country’s largest, and the 305,000-barrel-a-day Cardon refinery.
The power failure forced a complete shutdown of Cardon while operations at Amuay were partially affected, the spokesman said. He did not say how long the facilities were expected to be down.
The news comes just days after officials at state oil monopoly Petroleos de Venezuela announced that the Amuay refinery had returned to fully operational. PDVSA announced late last week that a problem in Amuay’s air system had caused a shutdown of multiple units.
Venezuela has been plagued by problems with its electrical grid in recent months. Most recently on Monday, a major transmission-line failure resulted in blackouts for nearly 10 states. Officials have since announced rationing measures across several states.
Critics have long warned that insufficient investment into the country’s electrical infrastructure could weigh on economic development. Accidents and technical problems at a number of facilities have also been partly responsible for Venezuela’s declining oil production.
The International Energy Agency said in a report last month that it expected oil output to be hit by the ongoing electricity problems.
-Kejal Vyas, Dow Jones Newswires; 58-414-249-6821;
May 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm #5101
Here is update on PDVSA Cardon & Amuay Coking Refineries Power & Operating problems – perhaps it would be easier to say these refineries are “temporarily operating”?
April 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm #4643
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.
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