Ecopetrol's Cartagena refinery to restart around May 2015

jueves 3 de abril de 2014 18:29 GYT

CARTAGENA, Colombia, April 3 (Reuters) - The 80,000 barrel per day (bpd) Cartagena refinery of Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol SA will reopen in the first half of 2015, most probably in May, after its current expansion is completed, the company's executive vice-president for downstream operations said on Thursday.

The crude distillation unit at Cartagena was shut down last month, while the plant's cracking unit was taken off line last year. Ecopetrol is expanding the refinery's capacity to 165,000 bpd to boost exports and reduce imports. (Reporting by Peter Murphy. Editing by Andre Grenon)