Published On: Thu, Nov 6th, 2014

Venezuela’s PDVSA says Isla refinery ops normal following fire

Oil RefineryWILLEMSTAD - Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Wednesday that operations were normal at the 335,000 barrel-per-day Isla refinery on the island of Curacao after it controlled a brief fire there.

A fire at a gas plant of the Isla refinery on Wednesday afternoon injured two people, according to workers at the facility.

Workers took pictures that appeared to show firemen on site and flames being doused.

The accident comes a day after a blackout shuttered Venezuela’s 645,000 barrel-per-day Amuay refinery.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro often blames saboteurs out to harm his socialist administration for blackouts or refinery accidents. Critics say refinery issues are due to negligence and lack of investments.

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