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Venezuela says it's not selling U.S. refining unit Citgo

Venezuela says it's not selling U.S. refining unit Citgo

Posted by Liliana Castaño on October 30, 2014

Citgo Petroleum, the U.S. unit of state-owned oil giant PDVSA, will not be sold, Economy and Finance Minister Rodolfo Marco said.

President Nicolas Maduro plans to bolster Citgo's operations, Marco said.

"Venezuela will stay with Citgo and continue making investments in its refineries ... the sale of Citgo has been ruled out and the president confirmed this," the minister said in an interview published over the weekend in the Caracas daily El Universal.

Citgo has a vast network of service stations and operates refineries in Texas, Illinois and Louisiana with a capacity of about 750,000 barrels per day (bpd).

"Our plans for Citgo are to strengthen it increasingly more, to form the alliances needed to strengthen that investment by Venezuela in the United States," Maduro said during an event last month in New York.

Reports surfaced that a sale of Citgo might be in the works in August, when former Energy Minister and PDVSA chief Rafael Ramirez said he would unload the U.S. unit if a "convenient" offer came along.

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