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Fire at Venezuela PDVSA’s Biggest Refinery Controlled by Authorities – EN

View of the fire reported in a waste lagoon at the Cardón Refinery, Falcon state, on Monday, December 26, 2022.
View of the fire reported in a waste lagoon at the Cardón Refinery, Falcon state, on Monday, December 26, 2022 (La Patilla).

Elio Ohep, EnergiesNet

CARACAS
EnergiesNet.com 12 28 2022

The fire at waste lagoon of Venezuela PDVSA’s CRP refinery Cardon unit, in Falcón state Monday night and continued to burn Tuesday was finally controlled by Firefighters from PDVSA that were able to gain control late Tuesday. The fire had started around a flare at Venezuela in the PDVSA’s refinery Monday night, according to Argus Media journalist Carlos Camacho.

Flames were confined in a waste lagoon area and no injuries were reported

This was confirmed the same night through the social media accounts of Vice Minister for Risk Management and Civil Protection Carlos Pérez Ampueda, reported by The Orinoco Tribune.

Pérez Ampueda indicated that the National Risk Management System carried out fire extinguishing maneuvers in the waste lagoon.

PDVSA cardon refinery fire. The damage in the artificial body of water (a deposit for the waste derived from the refining activity) was confined with no possibility of spreading.
The damage in the lagoon of waste (a deposit for the waste derived from the refining activity) was confined with no possibility of spreading.
No injuries were reported as a result of the event.

Cardon’s unit with a name plate of 305,000 b/d is part of Venezuela’s largest 960.000 b/d CRP refinery and was running around 60,000 b/d near the time of the incident, according to analysts.

A PDVSA refining worker told Argus the fire will make a recent surge in gasoline shortages worse, reported Camacho.

EnergiesNet.com 12 28 2022

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