Pemex says plant beginning to restart at quake-hit Salina Cruz refinery

Pemex says plant beginning to restart at quake-hit Salina Cruz refinery

Mexico’s state oil company Pemex on Tuesday announced that its Salina Cruz refinery has begun the start-up of its plants after closing because of September’s big earthquake, according to Reuters.

Salina Cruz, located in the southern state of Oaxaca on the Pacific coast, is the nation’s largest refinery and can process 330,000 barrels per day.

Although the restart is beginning it does not mean there will be oil production immediately. A spokesman said it could be a few more days before production fully resumes.

The quake disrupted the refinery’s electrical installations but did not do serious structural damage.

Earlier this year the refinery was closed for six weeks because of damage from a fire that resulted from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Calvin.

Donal Scully

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