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Venezuelan oil monopoly in joint ventures with Chevron and China Petroleum

Saturday, May 18th 2013 - 06:53 UTC
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Oil minister Ramirez will be traveling to Beijing to sign the agreement Oil minister Ramirez will be traveling to Beijing to sign the agreement

PDVSA, Venezuela’s government oil and gas giant will allow joint ventures with China National Petroleum Corp. and Chevron Corp. to manage 6 billion dollars in loans designed to revert oil output declines, said a PDVSA official.

The state-owned producer reached agreements on terms of a 2 billion credit from Chevron for the Petroboscan venture and a 4 billion loan from China Development Bank for Sinovensa, said the official who was briefed on the negotiations. The transactions probably will be signed by the end of June.

PDVSA is allowing the joint ventures to handle the funds directly for oil infrastructure rather than being channeled through the state company or the government, said the official. PDVSA is also working on arrangements with oil service providers to pay as much as 2 billion dollars in overdue payments and for new cash flow mechanisms.

Venezuela, which channels oil earnings into social programs and regional fuel subsidies, is depending on the ventures with foreign partners to tap more of the world’s largest oil reserves. Progress on the funding had been delayed by two presidential elections and the death of former President Hugo Chavez. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said May 15 that he would travel to China soon to sign the Sinovensa credit.

PDVSA is in talks for similar funding with companies including Repsol SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc as it targets output capacity of 3.5 million barrels a day by the end of 2014 from about 3 million at the end of 2013, the official said. PDVSA reported daily oil and natural gas liquids production of 3.03 million barrels last year from 3.13 million in 2011.

The Venezuelan company has no plans to sell dollar debt this year, although the government may do so, said the official. The company is studying ways to refinance debt maturing in 2014-2017, the official said.

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  • ChrisR

    I suppose the old fart in charge of the disaster that is PDVSA is a former mate of Dead Man Now Really Dead Chavez himself.

    This company is really fcuked on so many fronts and at all levels it is no surprise they cannot even pump the stuff.

    Shades of YPF but on a grander scale.

    Chubby would be so proud.

    May 18th, 2013 - 06:40 pm 0
  • Captain Poppy

    How does a business, an oil business no less with crude selling 90 to 110 a barrel, a country with some of the largest reserves in the world, get itself in a position of needing money and taking on debt?

    Come on trolls..........please spin this one for's been quiet all week and we need some entertainment.

    Maybe they plan to import toilet paper?

    May 18th, 2013 - 07:14 pm 0
  • Math

    “Maybe they plan to import toilet paper?”
    They actually do. 50 million rolls of toilet paper.

    May 19th, 2013 - 02:27 am 0
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