Power restored at Venezuela's largest refining complex, plants restarting

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CARACAS, March 15 (Reuters) - Power was re-established at Venezuela's largest oil refining center, the 955,000-barrel-per-day Paraguana Refinery Complex, following a blackout that left the facility's twin refineries out of service earlier this week, workers said on Friday.

Venezuela's unstable power supply frequently hits state company PDVSA's refineries and terminals, curtailing fuel output, domestic energy supply and exports.

"Last night we could recover the electrical system and right away we began to re-establish operational units and plants. We are going slowly," one of the workers said.

Paraguana includes the Cardon and Amuay refineries. Two of Cardon's four crude distillation units and the complex's naphtha reformer were processing last night. A third distillation unit was put in service on Friday.

In the neighboring Amuay facility, re-establishing power took longer on Thursday, making difficult to put processing plants back in service, but one of its five crude distillation units was about to resume operations on Friday, another person added.

(Reporting by Deisy Buitrago in Caracas and Mircely Guanipa in Maracay, writing by Marianna Parraga)

((marianna.parraga@thomsonreuters.com; +1 713 371 7559; Reuters Messaging: @mariannaparraga))

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