PDVSA restarts FCC unit at El Palito refinery

Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has completed maintenance on the cyclones system of the fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit at its 126,900-b/d El Palito refinery near Pto. Cabello, Carabobo state, the state-owned company confirmed.

The unit is now in the process of restarting, PDVSA said.

While the company said the restart process for the FCC is proceeding in accordance with established safety procedures, a timetable for the unit’s full return to service was not disclosed.

Other units at the refinery, as well as a connecting pipeline system and adjoining marine terminal, continue to operate normally, the company said.

The FCC came down for maintenance last month following the discovery of an internal fault in the unit’s cyclone system, according to a May 6 release from PDVSA.

The same unit was taken off line earlier in the year for preventative maintenance to correct leaks of air and water vapor in the starting line of the plant’s regenerator (OGJ Online, Jan. 21, 2014).

Related Articles

Louisiana complex resumes full operations

07/09/2014 Axiall Corp. has returned its vinyl chloride monomer manufacturing plant at the company’s chemicals complex in Lake Charles, La., to full operating...

Phillips 66 boosts capital expenditures for 2014

07/09/2014 The board of Phillips 66 has approved a $1.2-billion increase for the company’s capital expenditures this year to $3.9 billion to support the compa...

Operations remain halted at Okinawa refinery

07/09/2014 Nansei Sekiyu KK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), has suspended operations at its 100,000-b/d Nishihara r...

Texas refinery completes capacity expansion

07/08/2014 Alon USA Partners LP, Dallas, has completed a turnaround and vacuum tower project which, together, have resulted in increased crude oil processing ...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected