Fire halts Venezuela’s Petromonagas coking plant -sources

CARACAS, Dec 28 (Reuters) – A fire halted operations on Wednesday at a coking plant of Petromonagas, a joint venture of the state oil companies of Venezuela and Russia, four sources told Reuters, adding that no one was injured.

A long plume of smoke was emitted from the plant in video images seen by Reuters. It was the second fire in less than a week at a facility linked to Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA).

The sources added that firefighters had brought under control Wednesday’s blaze at a facility of the heavy oil upgrader in eastern Venezuela, while the rest of the facilities remained operational.

PDVSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reporting by Mircely Guanipa and Tibisay Romero; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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