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Explosion at major Venezuela refinery injures two

02 January 2018

A furnace exploded during a unit restart at Venezuela’s largest refining complex, injuring two workers, sources told Reuters on December 28. The explosion occurred at the naphtha reformer of the Cardon refinery on the Paraguana peninsula, the sources said. The two victims are receiving medical treatment.

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State-run Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) did not immediately respond to a request for information.

The Cardon facility is part of the largest refining complex in the country and one of the largest in the world with a capacity of 955,000 barrels per day (bpd). However, operations have been negatively impacted by lack of resources to maintain and upgrade plant, as well as a lack of crude to process.

Production at the complex was reported as 34% of potential capacity in October 2017, down from 43% in 2016.

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