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Fuel Shortages in Venezuela Worsen As Refineries Operate at 40 Percent Capacity

By: Karina Martín - Jul 6, 2017, 2:43 pm
Venezuela, the nation with the world's largest oil reserves, is experiencing fuel shortages (
Venezuela, the nation with the world’s largest oil reserves, is experiencing fuel shortages (Flickr).

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In a country where basic necessities such as drugs and food are scarce, it would not be surprising that there was also a shortage of fuel.

Even though Venezuela is an oil country with 18 refineries throughout the world and six within the country, the financial difficulties of Petroleos de Venezuela to import enough fuel, compromises the supply of gasoline in the domestic market.

According to the trade union representative of the Venezuelan Federation of Petroleum Workers, Iván Freites, “there is a daily supply deficit of between 75,000 and 125,000 for gasoline and between 80,000 and 90,000 for diesel.”

Freites explains that the country’s refineries only operate at 40% of their capacity, so fuel production is insufficient and also does not meet the technical and environmental specifications required to be sold in the domestic market, so PDVSA Is forced to import barrels to meet the demand.

According to the leader, in Venezuela the total daily demand for gasoline and diesel is 225,000 and 170,000 barrels; However, this is not covered since in addition to the insufficient production, purchases abroad are made intermittently.

As it does not have to cover domestic inventories, the country’s oil company rotates fuel allocations ,always giving priority to the capital Caracas, causing hardships for Venezuelans in the interior of the country, who must go to several gas stations until they are able to find one which is supplied with gas.

“Many times the fuel that should be stored in the refineries is diverted to the filling station of Carenero, which is the one that serves the capital,” commented Freites.

The local newspaper El Nacional also reports that “owners of service stations in the capital region, who asked not to mention their names, pointed out that the schedule of deliveries is irregular, forcing consumers to use several pumps in order to fill their tanks.”

Once the wealthiest nation in South America, Venezuela has fallen into economic collapse and political chaos in the wake of a generation of socialist economic policies spearheaded by former president Hugo Chavez.

Source: El Nacional

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Ecuador Vice President Testifies in Odebrecht Case As Calls For Impeachment Intensify

By: Karina Martín - Jul 6, 2017, 1:54 pm
Ecuador's current vice president is in hot water over bribery associated with Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht (

Español Ecuador's vice-president, Jorge Glass, testified before the public prosecutor's office regarding the Odebrecht corruption case. "Here clearly there has been an attempt to destroy peoples' reputation, in order to affect an electoral process and that will have to be reviewed under the provisions of the Law of Communication," said Glas, concluding his version of the case. Read More: Ecuador Congress to Begin Impeachment of Vice President Connected to Odebrecht Scandal Read More: Videotapes Implicating Ecuador Officials in Odebrecht Corruption Surface in Brazil's Probe As he exited, dozens of people waited for Glas to express their support to the vice president, who presented himself for the second time to make statements in the legal investigation. César Montufar, an opposition politician, who was seeking to pose 25 questions to Glass regarding his role in the corruption network, was physically and verbally assaulted by the group of Alianza Pais militants, sympathetic to Glass. "For hire" "mercenary" and "opportunist", were among the epithets shouted at Montúfar, who was ultimately unable to question the vice president, after the incident on the outskirts of the prosecutor's office. The opposition seeks to impeach the Ecuadorian vice president for his alleged direct relationship with several of those arrested in the Odebrecht case, the most notorious being Mr. Ricardo Rivera, Glas's uncle, who is alleged "to have received several million dollars of illegal Odebrecht payments because of their family relationship with a senior government official." Glas has not yet been formally named as a defendant in the corruption case of the Brazilian construction company; Montufár said that he hoped that "Glas will not get a free pass, as has happened with other officials...we hope to initiate the process of investigation, of formulating positions...and not allow Glas the opportunity to escape overseas." Ecuador's opposition parties did well in the last election cycle in February of this year, but still remain in the majority in the country's National Assembly, which is controlled by Rafael Correa's Alianza Pais party. Correa did not run for reelection this year, and has indicated he will move to his wife's native Belgium to pursue academic work. Sources: El Universo, La Republica, El Telegrafo

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