May 10, 2017 / 8:52 PM / in a year

Venezuela's main refining complex working at 43 pct of capacity -PDVSA reports

May 10 (Reuters) - The Paraguana Refining Center, which includes Venezuela’s two largest refineries, is working at 43 percent of its installed capacity of 955,000 barrels per day (bpd), according to internal reports from its operator, state-run PDVSA, seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The reports detail that Cardon, one of the refineries integrating the Paraguana complex, is operating with only two of its four crude distillation units, while two hydrotreating units and a hydrodesulfurization unit are also out of service.

As of May 8, Cardon was processing 107,000 bpd of crude from a 310,000-barrel-per-day capacity, while its neighbor refinery Amuay was processing 302,000 bpd from a 645,000-barrel-per-day capacity.

In total, the Paraguana refining complex was processing 409,000 bpd of crude.

Venezuela’s Puerto la Cruz refinery is also working partially since two of its three distillation units were halted earlier this month due to lack of crude en equipment malfunctioning. (Reporting by Marianna Parraga; Editing by Ernest Scheyder)

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