PDVSA completes refinery upgrade

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Venezuela's state oil firm PDVSA has completed upgrade works at the Puerto La Cruz refinery (pictured) in Anzoátegui state, which will increase the average output of the facility to 170,000b/d.

PDVSA president Nelson Martínez announced the completion of the works during a tour of the refinery, according to a PDVSA press release.

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Production of the refinery comprises 21,000b/d of 95-octane gasoline, 31,000b/d of 91-octane, 30,000b/d of diesel, 10,000b/d of kerosene, 8,000b/d of light naphtha and 70,000b/d of distillates and residual fuels, meeting demand in the country's eastern region, which includes Anzoátegui, Sucre, Monagas, Delta Amacuro and Bolívar states.

The refinery's distillation plant resumed operations this week and two more plants will restart operations next week, Martínez said.

In a separate press release, Martinez stated that that the country's nationwide gasoline supply is guaranteed and that PDVSA is attentive to any potential acts of sabotage against the distribution network.