* Running at 74 pct of capacity-source
* Facility had been offline since Nov.
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CARACAS Dec 20 Venezuela's 130,000 barrel per
day (bpd) Petroanzoategui heavy oil upgrader has restarted and
is operating at 74 percent of capacity, a source at state oil
company PDVSA said on Monday.
The facility had been out of action since late November due
to steam generation problems, company sources say. Venezuela's
four upgraders for its Orinoco extra heavy crude belt have been
hit by failures and maintenance stoppages since last year
"Today we are processing 96,000 bpd of extra heavy oil,"
the PDVSA source told Reuters, asking not to be named.
The upgraders convert tar-like crude from fields to the
north of the Orinoco River into more valuable exportable oil.
(Reporting by Marianna Parraga; Writing by Daniel Wallis;
Editing by David Gregorio)