January 17, 2011 / 7:16 PM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 1-Ecuador says Amazonas oil refinery output reduced

* Ecuador’s total oil refining capacity is 175,000 bpd

* OPEC-member country has total crude output 470,000 bpd (Adds context)

QUITO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - An accident on Sunday evening at Ecuador’s Amazonas oil refinery has cut output to 10,000 barrels per day from 20,000 bpd, an official at state petroleum company Petroecuador told Reuters on Monday.

No one was injured in the accident at the refinery, which is located in the northeastern province of Sucumbios, said Petroecuador’s Refinery Manager Marco Calvopina.

“The refinery is operating at 50 percent (capacity),” he told Reuters by telephone.

Calvopina said it was unclear when the Amazonas refinery will be repaired and back up to its full capacity of 20,000 bpd.

The accident was caused by an electrical fault, which resulted in a fire, officials said.

Ecuador’s total oil refining capacity is 175,000 bpd.

Ecuador, OPEC’s smallest producing member country, has a total crude output of about 470,000 bpd. (Reporting by Santiago Silva, writing by Hugh Bronstein)

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