HOUSTON, May 14 (Reuters) - Venezuela’s state run PDVSA launched a tender to buy a 300,000 barrel cargo of catalytic naphtha to be received on June 3-5 at one or two of its ports, including the Isla refinery in Curacao, according to an invitation seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
PDVSA’s largest refinery, the 645,000 barrel per day (bpd) Amuay, slowed down operations last week because of a steam failure reported by workers, but the company said hours later that the facility was working at normal capacity.
PDVSA scheduled a maintenance program at Amuay’s delayed cokers for the third quarter and the fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) of the 146,000 bpd El Palito refinery would be halted in the second half of this year, also for planned work .
The company said in the invitation that it will receive offers until May 20 and they must indexed to unleaded gasoline 87 prices from the U.S. Gulf Coast. It added that the payment will be made through an open account 35 days after discharge completion. (Reporting by Marianna Parraga)