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Maduro denounces alleged attack on refinery in Venezuela

CARACAS ( Associated Press) — President Nicolás Maduro denounced on Monday an alleged attack on one of the largest refineries in Venezuela. Although it caused a fire, it did not cause injuries or affect its operations.

Maduro affirmed in a televised act that the fire that occurred on Sunday at the Cardón refinery, located in the western state of Falcón, was the result of an alleged “terrorist attack”, but did not offer details.

The day before, the Oil Minister, Tareck El Aissami, indicated that the fire occurred in one of the refinery’s water treatment lagoons. He highlighted that fuel production operations were not affected. He did not mention the causes of the fire.

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Cardón, which is one of the largest refineries in the world, is part of the Paraguaná Refining Center, which also includes the Amuay and Bajo Grande refineries. Together, they have an installed capacity of about 955,000 barrels of crude per day.

According to Maduro, although his administration did not report it at the time, the Guri hydroelectric complex, which supplies 60% of the country’s energy, would also have received attacks on its operating system with the aim of damaging the country. He also did not offer details or evidence.

Venezuela, once a rich oil country with the world’s largest oil reserves, has experienced a drastic drop in its production of crude oil and refined products for more than five years, which has resulted in shortages due to the poor supply of oil. fuels and domestic gas.

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Critics of the government attribute the collapse of the oil industry to mismanagement and corruption in the Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) corporation under the administration of the socialist governments of the late President Hugo Chávez, and Maduro, his successor.

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