Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA has restarted a distillation unit at the 645,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Amuay refinery, a union leader and a PDVSA worker said on Tuesday.
The company plans to send the virgin naphtha produced by the No. 4 distillation unit to the neighboring 310,000 bpd Cardon refinery, where it can be used as feedstock for gasoline production as the OPEC nation once again grapples with widespread fuel shortages.
PDVSA restarted Cardon’s catalytic cracking unit – which is crucial for gasoline production – in June, but shut it down again in July due to an outage at the refinery’s own distillation unit, leaving the catalytic cracker without feedstock.
PDVSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.