Exports of petroleum coke from Venezuela’s state-owned Petro San Felix terminal were halted because of burning cargo detected on a bulk carrier there, according to Reuters.
The burning petroleum coke was spotted on the vessel Top Trader while it was loading at the terminal, located in the city of Ciudad Guyana on the Orinoco River.
The load was provided by Venezuela’s state oil firm PDVSA for charterer Koch Industries of the US.
Venezuela is a leading exporter of petcoke, which is derived from the country’s heavy oil and which is usually transported to the terminal at a high temperature.
Petro San Felix is an integrated project involving extraction and upgrading of heavy oil into other substances.