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Petroperu announces stoppage at unit at Talara refinery

(Reuters) - Peru's state oil firm Petroperu announced the stoppage of a key unit at its recently modernized Talara refinery through the end of June, due to power supply failures and operational problems which had been ongoing since early February.

Petroperu said in a statement its Flexicoking unit, which helps boost output of fuel from oil residues, has been under repair since March 30 in order to guarantee its "operational continuity and reliability."

The Talara refinery, which was recently renovated for a price tag of some $6.5 billion, is continuing to produce Turbo A-1 fuels, diesel, gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas through its other units, the company added.

The refinery is operating at 76% of its capacity, it said.

The Talara renovation aimed to boost capacity to an average of 95,000 barrels per day, up from 60,000 barrels previously.

Peru's government said in February it will give further public financial support to the heavily indebted state oil firm, which is being restructured as it faces the loss of its investment grade rating.

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