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Venezuela’s PDVSA restarts Cardon refinery catalytic cracker: sources

File photo of the PDVSA logo at a gas station in Caracas Nov 16, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello/
File photo of the PDVSA logo at a gas station in Caracas Nov 16, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello/

CARACAS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – State-owned Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) restarted on Friday the Cardón refinery’s Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit, a key unit for producing gasoline, according to three sources from the facility.

Long lines of drivers waiting for gasoline and diesel are once again visible in Venezuela’s central region amid frequent shutdowns at refineries, poor power outages and low fuel imports this year.

The Cardón FCC had been out of service since last year. Workers also restarted the facility’s naphtha reformer, which has been running intermittently this year.

“They started up the catalytic and reformer. The catalytic has already been loaded and is about 90% advanced and in a while it should be producing well,” said one of the workers.

PDVSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Deisy Buitrago in Caracas, and Mircely Guanipa in Maracay, Editing by Manuel Farías)

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