The investment will help upgrade equipment, half of which is not working properly, the paper said, citing an audit.
"We already recovered flow stations Lagunillas, Bachaquero C and Lana 4," the paper quoted, PDVSA western division manager Ricardo Coronado as saying. The stations collect and pump crude that comes from Maracaibo lake fields.
PDVSA also has collected more than 500t of scrap metal and has replaced 5,000km of pipeline from inside and around the lake as part of its upgrade efforts.
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