Lightning storm fire extinguished at Puerto la Cruz refinery in Venezuela – minister

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CARACAS, Sept 19 (Reuters) – A fire caused by a thunderstorm at Venezuela’s Puerto la Cruz refinery was extinguished on Monday afternoon without causing injuries or disrupting operations at the facility, Oil Minister Tareck El said. Aissami.

This is the most recent outage to affect state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela, SA, or PDVSA (PDVSA.UL), following another fire over the weekend that affected a fuel terminal and a tanker, as well as frequent gas leaks and power outages.

PDVSA firefighters and other crews worked for hours to control and extinguish the flames, which began in the early afternoon at one of the refineries’ residual deposits, leaving a long plume of smoke and spreading black particles on nearby beaches, according to sources and seen photos. by Reuters.

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“We completely extinguished the fire a few hours ago,” El Aissami told state television. Gasoline production was not affected, he added.

The workers had been protectively removed from the facility on the east coast of Venezuela.

A depot in the refinery’s industrial services area where leftover fuel is sent caught fire amid a thunderstorm, one of the sources said.

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Reporting by Mircely Guanipa in Maracay, Deisy Buitrago in Caracas and Marianna Parraga in Houston; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Richard Chang

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Robert M. Larson