Chile Aconcagua refinery back to full capacity this week -source

lunes 15 de diciembre de 2014 13:59 GYT

SANTIAGO Dec 15 (Reuters) - The Aconcagua oil refinery, which was partially shut following a fire last month, is ramping back up to operate at full capacity this week, a source at the central Chilean facility told Reuters on Monday.

Following the Nov. 25 blaze at the Topping II distillation plant, which processes up to 40,000 barrels per day, operations there and at four other units were halted as a preventive measure.

A planned maintenance stoppage has also been taking place.

"The maintenance has finished, including the plant revision after the fire of some weeks ago, and now the progressive restart of the complex has begun," the source said.

"Towards the end of this week, the entire refinery will be fully operational."

Aconcagua has a total capacity of 104,000 barrels per day and produces the majority of fuel consumed in the capital Santiago. Run by state oil firm ENAP, it is one of two major refineries in Chile. (Reporting by Antonio de la Jara; Writing by Rosalba O'Brien; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)