Petroleos de Venezuela operates the El Palito refinery, which is located in Carabobo, Venezuela. It is a non integrated refinery owned by Petroleos de Venezuela. The refinery, which started operations in 1954, has an NCI of 7.69.

Key processes of the refinery

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 140
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 48
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 70
Hydrotreater (mbd): 28
Alkylation (mbd): 26

The capacity of the refinery is expected to remain the same as 140mbd by 2030.

Maintenance activities at El Palito refinery

The El Palito refinery witnessed eighteen incidents during the period 2015-2020.

About Petroleos de Venezuela

Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) is a state-owned oil and gas company. It plans, coordinates, supervises, and controls the activities in the entire oil and gas value chain. The company explores for and develops oil and other hydrocarbons; refines, trades, and supplies products in domestic and overseas markets. PDVSA administers refineries, marketing and transportation of crude oil and refined products in various countries. The company markets refined petroleum products under PDV brand in Venezuela and CITGO brand across Eastern and Mid-western regions of the US. PDVSA is headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela.


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