Crews Extinguish Fire At Venezuela's El Palito Refinery
- Published on Saturday, 22 September 2012 12:40
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(Reuters) - Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a fuel storage tank at Venezuela's El Palito refinery, state oil company PDVSA said on Saturday.
The fire was started by a lightning bolt during a storm Wednesday night, but the 146,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) El Palito facility continued operating. Two tanks were initially set alight, but the fire in one was put out within hours.
In a statement, PDVSA said the blaze in the second storage tank was completely extinguished late on Friday.
No one was hurt in Wednesday night's lightning strike.
The second refinery accident in a month has increased concerns about state oil company PDVSA's safety record and practices ahead of an October 7 presidential election.
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