CARACAS Feb 16 An electrical fault briefly halted operations at Venezuela's 146,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) El Palito refinery in the latest mishap at the South American OPEC member's oil installations, state-owned company PDVSA said.
Twitter users posted photos of smoke rising from El Palito, at Puerto Cabello on Venezuela's north coast, in the afternoon.
"There was a problem in the electrical system of El Palito refinery, causing the temporary suspension in operations," PDVSA said in a statement. "Re-establishment of industrial services and pre-starting of process units was begun later," it added.
Venezuela's accident-prone refineries hit the headlines last year with a gas leak at the Amuay facility that killed 42 people, the nation's worst-ever oil industry accident. (Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Todd Eastham)