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Venezuela’s Cardon refinery back online after fire

22nd April 2013

Venezuela’s largest oil refinery, Cardon, resumes operations after a fire last week erupted at the dewaxing unit of the 300,000 bpd facility

Venezuela’s Cardon refinery back online after fire
The fire broke out due to an oil leak at one of the furnaces in the refinery’s dewaxing unit

Venezuela’s national oil company PdVSA has brought last week’s fire at the 300,000 barrels per day Cardon refinery under control and the facility is now back online, a spokesman at PdVSA was quoted by Dow Jones as saying.

The fire broke out due to an oil leak at one of the furnaces in the refinery’s dewaxing unit, which removes heavy waxy constituents from crude oil. There was no major damage to the unit, according to PdVSA.

In August 2012 a gas-leak explosion killed over 40 people at PdVSA’s Amuay refinery near Cardon. Amuay is Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery.