17 de junio de 2015 / 15:19 / en 2 años

Venezuela heavy oil upgraders' maintenance in 2015-2016

By Deisy Buitrago
    MARACAIBO, Venezuela, June 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela's state oil company
PDVSA plans to put three upgraders under maintenance this year and
next, a senior executive said on Wednesday.
    "At the moment, the upgraders are at maximum operating capacity," said Pedro
Leon, head of PDVSA's Orinoco Belt operations, on the sidelines of an oil
conference in Maracaibo.
    The upgraders in the Orinoco region, which holds most of Venezuela's
reserves, are processing 830,000 barrels-per-day turning heavy crude into
lighter grades for export, Leon said. 
    The mixing plant at the Sinovensa joint venture with China's CNPC 
will also go under maintenance in August, he said.
    The roughly 190,000 barrel-per-day Petrocedeno upgrader, operated by
France's Total and Norway's Statoil, was under maintenance
between December 2014 and January 2015, added Leon.
    Below is the timetable for upcoming upgraders' maintenance:
 Date           Upgrader /Operator          Notes
 October 2015   Petroanzoategui/(PDVSA)     The 160,000 bpd upgrader is to
                                            undergo maintenance for 45 days
 August 2016    Petropiar (PDVSA, Chevron   The 180,000 bpd upgrader is to
                       )                    undergo maintenance for 45 days
 October 2016   Petromonagas/(PDVSA,        The 150,000 bpd upgrader is to
                Rosneft          )          undergo maintenance for 45 days 
 (Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Diego Ore)

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