Fire hits Venezuela refinery; output unaffected
Fire hits Venezuela’s largest refinery; facility says blaze under control, output unaffected Tuesday April 14, 2009, 7:20 pm EDT CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Officials say a fire broke out at Venezuela’s largest oil refinery, but firefighters quickly controlled the blaze and production was not hurt.
Jesus Luongo is manager of the Paraguana refining complex in the western state of Falcon. He says the fire broke out Tuesday along a pipeline inside the refinery. Luongo told state television there were no injuries. Authorities are investigating.
The Paraguana complex refines about 940,000 barrels of oil a day.
Venezuela is a major supplier of crude to the United States.