Venezuelan Cardón Refinery paralyzes crude processing

The platform located in the State of Falcón, in western Venezuela, ceased operations as a result of damage to key units

This Thursday it was learned that the Cardón Refinery, at the State of Falcón, stopped processing crude on Wednesday due to failures in key units for these activity, including distillers.

Through the Reuters news agency, information was published on the cessation of duties that aggravates the situation of gasoline shortages currently experienced in Venezuela.

The Cardón Refinery is key, because together with Amuay and Bajo Grande, the Paraguaná Refining Center (CRP in Spanish) has a capacity to process 940,000 barrels per day. However, according to OPEC reports, this capacity is currently below 900,000 barrels per day.

According to statements made by workers at the refining plant, Cardon’s stoppage was caused by damage to fundamental units in facilities with the capacity to process 310,000 barrels per day.

The situation in the refining complex in the west of the country only worsens the situation of state oil company PDVSA, “which recorded its lowest level of crude production in the last seven decades.”



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