Distillation unit in Amuay refinery is shut down after a fire
The first crude oil distillation unit of Amuay refinery, located in Paraguaná Refining Complex, produces gas oil and has a refining capacity of 72,000 barrels per day
The first crude oil distillation unit of Amuay refinery, located in Paraguaná Refining Complex and owned by state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), was shut down on Friday morning after a fire broke out at the plant. The oil flow line was broken, according to workers at the plant.
The unit has a refining capacity of 72,000 barrels per day and produces gas oil and feeds other Amuay units such as delayed coking, flexicoker, and the catalytic plant (to produce high octane fuel). The plant will be out of service until an investigation committee determines the cause of the fire.
The fire started at 6:50 am. No injuries were reported according to Pdvsa's workers. At that time, there were only a few workers at the facility.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.