The blast was heard in several surrounding towns and shattered windows in nearby neighborhoods
A loud explosion occurred at 5:45 a.m. at a unit of Amuay refinery, Venezuela's largest oil processing facility. The refinery is located in Paraguaná, state of Falcón (northwestern Venezuela). No casualties have been reported.
"An explosion occurred on Tuesday at about 5:45 a.m. at the hydrodesulphurization unit 4 (HD4) of Amuay refinery (...) The hydroprocessing complex was shut down," Jesús Luongo, the general manager of the Paraguaná refining complex (CRP), told Venezuelan state-run TV channel VTV.
The refining facilities operated by state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) have gone through numerous planned stoppages and accidents in the past years, which has undermined the volume of products exported by the OPEC member country, Reuters reported.
The explosion was felt in several nearby towns and left windows shattered in nearby neighborhoods.
The problem may have originated in a distillation unit known as HD2, private TV news channel Globovisión said.
Luongo confirmed that there were no casualties.
With reporting by Sailú Urribarrí Núñez
Translated by Gerardo Cárdenas
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."