Maintenance shutdown at Petropiar
Pdvsa reported that the downtime scheduled from July 8 through August 23 will not impact on production
Petropiar, a heavy crude oil upgrader jointly operated by state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) and US Chevron, will stop operating for 46 days for maintenance and also to expand its processing capacity by 17% to 210,000 barrels per day (bpd).
Pdvsa promised that the downtime scheduled from July 8 through August 23 would not make an impact on production, Reuters cited.
"Upon completion of maintenance activities, the units and their equipment will be entrusted to the Operations Managements for commissioning of the plant, which will have a processing capacity of 210,000 bpd, turning the extra-heavy crude oil of Orinoco Oil Belt into oil from 8 to API degrees," Pdvsa spelled out.
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