The Venezuelan El Palito refinery located in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo state, was reactivated, after a recovery process developed by PDVSA workers and the mobilization of a ship with millions of liters of water and another with additives to produce gasoline.
Luis Daniel González, deputy manager of the refinery, congratulated the plant workers for having achieved a much-needed action for the country in times of heavy sanctions and Covid-19 quarantine.
The refinery, a fluid bed catalytic cracking plant, will be available to produce 80,000 barrels of crude oil daily, to empty 40,000 barrels and to process 5,000 barrels daily in its catalytic cracking plant and to produce 35,000 barrels of gasoline per day. Likewise, it will be processing diesel, gas and other oil derivatives whose production has been affected since the state of alarm was declared in Venezuela.
#AFondoEnLaIndustria💡🛢️ ||En la unidad de Craqueo Catalítico Fluidizado de la refinería El Palito se extraen componentes como: propano (C3) utilizado en las bombonas de gas doméstico. pic.twitter.com/4j83ZdFMUG
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President Maduro announced on April 12 that the difficulties in the supply of gasoline would be solved in the coming weeks and that the stoppage of the refinery has been mainly caused by US sanctions against Venezuela that directly attack the national economy and the operation of basic processes.
Translated and edited by JRE/EF