UPDATE 1-Venezuela Amuay flexicoker down, cat cracker operational -workers

lunes 17 de noviembre de 2014 18:46 GYT

(Adds comment by worker, context on refineries, imports)

By Sailu Urribarri

PARAGUANA, Venezuela Nov 17 (Reuters) - The flexicoker at Venezuela's 645,000 barrel per day Amuay refinery was still down following a blackout earlier this month, though its cat cracker has resumed operations, workers said on Monday.

Venezuela has rushed to import diesel and gasoline after power outages hit its main refining complex, an unusual buying spree that threatens to worsen the OPEC member's financial woes.

"The first to restart was the cat cracker," one worker said. "The flexicoker still needs higher pressure charge and temperatures to start working."

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Friday that the main units of the Amuay and Cardon refineries, which together form the nearly 1 million bpd Paraguana refining complex, were "totally operational" again. (Reporting by Sailu Urribarri; Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; editing by Chris Reese and Matthew Lewis)