Hydrocarbon-Rich Venezuela Running Out of Gasoline
Hydrocarbon-Rich Venezuela Running Out of Gasoline

Hydrocarbon-Rich Venezuela Running Out of Gasoline

Hydrocarbon-Rich Venezuela Running Out of Gasoline

After lining up for an entire day to get a plane ticket to visit her relatives in the western city of Merida, Josefina Garcia did not know if she and her octogenarian mother were going to reach their final destination on time for Christmas.
The airport is located 76 kilometers away from the city and when they tried to book a cab in advance to take them to the place where they were going to stay, the taxi company said they could not make bookings because there is a shortage of gas and management did not know if they were going to have enough fuel on that day, Oil Price reported.
Once they landed, the 61-year-old and her mother found a cab that had enough gas to take them to a certain part of the city where a cousin would pick them up. In the meantime, another cousin was lining up for gas. He was able to fill his sedan’s tank after waiting for more than six hours.
According to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the highest proven oil reserves in the world, including non-conventional oil deposits, are in Venezuela.
“Gentlemen: There is no more gasoline in Venezuela. In Venezuela, we are out of gas. In Venezuela, there is no gas oil. In Venezuela, there are no lube oils,” said Ivan Freites in a televised press conference.
Freites is the secretary of the professional and technician division of the United Federation of Venezuelan Petroleum Workers.
In his address, Freites said poor management led to the stoppage of 80% of the country’s refineries.
“Only Amuay and Cardon refineries are operative and that is nothing. They produce 40,000 barrels per day and the national demand is over 200,000 barrels of gas per day,” he said.
Venezuela’s oil production has fallen to levels not seen since the late-1980s. According to the latest OPEC report, which is based on information provided by the Nicolas Maduro government, the country is producing about 2.3 million barrels of oil per day. In October, it experienced the steepest fall in production of 2017, as only 1.9 million barrels were extracted, 130,000 barrels less than the previous month. The oil industry, however, is still the major source of income as it generates about 96% of the foreign exchange.


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