Authorities: Fire at El Palito refinery may be put out in the next hours
Asdrúbal Chávez, the Vice-President of Refining, Trade and Supply of state-run oil company Pdvsa, said the fire in one of the naphtha storage tanks in El Palito refinery, north Venezuela, would be extinguished "within the next few hours," adding that the situation is under control. He asked people living near the refining complex to remain calm
Asdrúbal Chávez, the Vice-President of Refining, Trade and Supply of state-run oil company Pdvsa, reassured that a fire caused by a lightning in El Palito refinery, north central Carabobo state, is currently affecting one naphtha storage tank only, adding that the situation is "completely under control."
Further, he informed that the other refinery facilities are operating normally.
"We are processing 135,000 bpd of crude oil, which is the normal capacity. All the processing plants are operating normally. The filling operations of fuel tanker trucks, as well as the operations of our sea terminal, have remained normal," Chávez told state-run television channel VTV in a phone interview.
Additionally, he asserted that the incident would not result in fuel shortage, as "the inventory available for the Venezuelan market is absolutely normal, at the normal level of 10-12 days."
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.