Crude unit at Colombia's Cartagena refinery stopped for expansion

jueves 13 de marzo de 2014 11:54 GYT

HOUSTON/BOGOTA, March 13 (Reuters) - The single crude distillation unit of Colombia's 80,000 barrel per day (bpd) Cartagena refinery has been halted to undergo a planned expansion at the facility that will double its capacity by 2015, traders told Reuters.

The crude distillation unit was halted on March 4, after the cracking unit was previously stopped last year.

State-run Ecopetrol, which operates the refinery, has ramped up tenders to import finished fuels to satisfy domestic demand while the work is being done. (Reporting by Marianna Parraga in Houston and Luis Jaime Acosta in Bogota)