CARACAS, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Tuesday maintenance work was successfully completed at its Petrocedeno heavy crude upgrader and the plant was now producing 240,000 barrels per day.
The Petrocedeno project converts extra-heavy crude from the Orinoco region into lighter, more valuable oil.
PDVSA owns 60 percent of Petrocedeno, with France’s Total holding 30.3 percent and Norway’s Statoil owning the remaining 9.7 percent.
PDVSA quoted Petrocedeno general manager Edwin Hernandez as saying, during a visit by a delegation of Total officials, that operations restarted a week ago after maintenance work that began at the end of October last year.
“Currently, the plant is processing 240,000 barrels of crude per day,” the PDVSA statement added. (Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Diane Craft)