Venezuela says Petrocedeno upgrader maintenance to start Oct 27

lunes 13 de octubre de 2014 18:54 GYT

CARACAS Oct 13 (Reuters) - Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA will begin maintenance on the Petrocedeno heavy crude upgrader on Oct. 27, later than planned, the company said in a statement on Monday.

PDVSA had originally said the work would start mid-month.

The Petrocedeno project produces 200,000 barrels per day of extra-heavy crude from the Orinoco region and turns that into lighter, more valuable oil through its upgrading facility.

PDVSA says the maintenance will not affect production.

PDVSA owns 60 percent of Petrocedeno, with France's Total holding 30.3 percent and Norway's Statoil owning the remaining 9.7 percent. (Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Diego Ore and Gunna Dickson)