El Palito refinery damaged

February 27, 2003

PDVSA’s fired workers are reporting that the El Palito refinery was halted yesterady when an emergency developed in the catalytic regenerator in the cracking unit used to make gasoline. According to the source the yellow smoke seen in the chimmney is typical of this type of accident and such smoke was seen coming out of the refinery. Interestingly enough, the manager of the refinery reported after the accident that the refinery would be halted in March for maintanance. Why didn’t they do it while it was not working in January?

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