Archive for the ‘Petróleos de Venezuela’ Category

PDVSA: Once A Cash Cow, Now On Verge Of Collapse

Courtesy of the New York Times, a detailed report on the demise of Venezuela’s PDVSA: A general with no energy experience has been installed as the head of the state oil company. Arrests, firings and desperate emigration have gutted top talent. Oil facilities are crumbling, while production is plummeting. As the rest of the oil-producing world recovers on the […]

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Venezuela Crises Compound as Oil Industry Falls Into Disarray

Courtesy of the New York Times, an interesting look at Venezuela’s crisis: One oil rig was idle for weeks because a single piece of equipment was missing. Another was attacked by armed gangs who made off with all they could carry. Many oil workers say they are paid so little that they barely eat and have to keep watch […]

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Venezuela: Running On Empty

Courtesy of Foreign Affairs (subscription required), a very interesting look at Venezuela and how the state ruined its national oil company in its Sept/Oct 2016 issue: Venezuela is in the throes of its most tumultuous political and economic period in decades. The collapse of global energy prices has wreaked havoc on the country’s economy. Estimates […]

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Venezuela’s Energy Profile

Via Eurasia Review, a look at Venezuela’s energy sector: Venezuela is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of crude oil. The country has been one of the largest exporters of crude oil in the Americas. As a founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Venezuela is an important player […]

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The Great Venezuelan Oil Bust

Via the Globe and Mail, an interesting look at Venezuela’s petroleum industry: When Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez recently announced an ambitious new target of six million barrels per day by 2019, the state-run press heralded the imminent expansion of an industry vital to the country’s health. But people here heard the news and rolled […]

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Can PDVSA Recover?

Via The Journal of Energy Security, a look at Venezuela’s PDVSA: The Venezuelan oil industry can be pictured as a toothless tiger resting on its haunches before a huge slice of raw meat.  The country sits on significant hydrocarbon resources that remain undeveloped due to severe management, technical and financial constraints driven by the application […]

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