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USD>$48.0 billion (2016)VENEZUELA'S PDVSA OIL REVENUE TUMBLES AMID LOWER PRICES, PRODUCTION>URL=HTTPS://WWW.REUTERS.COM/ARTICLE/US-VENEZUELA-PDVSA/VENEZUELAS-PDVSA-OIL-REVENUE-TUMBLES-AMID-LOWER-PRICES-PRODUCTION-IDUSKBN1AS04UWORK=REUTERS, 12 August 2017, | net_income = {{decrease}} $828 million (2016)WEBSITE=PDVSA, 2 July 2018, | owner = Government of Venezuela| num_employees = 70,000ACCESSDATE=2009-02-01 ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20090418233930/HTTP://WWW.AD-HOC-NEWS.DE/FITCH-DOWNGRADES-C-A-LA-ELECTRICIDAD-DE-CARACAS-EDC-IDRS--/DE/UNTERNEHMENSNACHRICHTEN/19938006 DF=, Citgo (100%)CITGO - About usweblink|}}| foot_notes = }}Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA, {{IPA-es|peðeˈβesa}}) (English: Petroleum of Venezuela) is the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company. It has activities in exploration, production, refining and exporting oil as well as exploration and production of natural gas. Since its founding on 1 January 1976 with the nationalization of the Venezuelan oil industry, PDVSA has dominated the oil industry of Venezuela, the world's fifth largest oil exporter.Oil reserves in Venezuela are the largest in the world and the state-owned PDVSA provides the government of Venezuela with substantial funding resources.NEWS,weblink 24 September 2012, Venezuela's oil industry: Up in smoke, The Economist, 27 August 2012, Following the Bolivarian Revolution, PDVSA was mainly used as a political tool of the government.BOOK, El ocaso del chavismo: Venezuela 2005-2015, López Maya, Margarita, 2016, 9788417014254, 349–351, Between 2004 and 2010, PDVSA contributed $61.4 billion to the government's social development projects, with around half of this went directly to various Bolivarian Missions while the remainder distributed via the National Development Fund."Auditors: Venezuela’s State Oil Company Recovering from Oil Price Slump". 5 August 2010. Profits were also used to assist the presidency, with funds directed towards allies of the Venezuelan government.With PDVSA focusing on political projects instead of oil production, mechanical and technical statuses deteriorated while employee expertise was removed following thousands of politically-motivated firings. Incompetence within the company has led to serious inefficiencies and accidents as well as endemic corruption.NEWS, Venezuela Inc., up in smoke,weblink 24 September 2012, Globe and Mail, 17 September 2012, Toronto, As a result, thousands of workers have abandoned their work for PDVSA,NEWS,weblink Workers Flee and Thieves Loot Venezuela’s Reeling Oil Giant, Neuman, William, 14 June 2018, The New York Times, 15 June 2018, Krauss, Clifford, especially after PDVSA was put under military control.WEB,weblink Under military rule, Venezuela oil workers quit in a stampede, Buitrago, Deisy, 17 April 2018, Reuters, 2 July 2018,

Reserves and capacity

File:PDVSA Gas Nueva Esparta.jpg|250px|thumb|left|PDVSA Gas, Isla de MargaritaIsla de MargaritaVenezuela has {{convert|77.5|Goilbbl|m3}} of conventional oil reserves according to PDVSA figures, the largest in the Western Hemisphere and making up approximately half the total. This puts Venezuela as fifth in the world in proven reserves of conventional oil. By also including an estimated {{convert|235|Goilbbl|m3}} of tar-like extra heavy crude oil in the Orinoco Belt region, Venezuela claims to hold the largest hydrocarbon reserves in the world. Venezuela also has {{convert|150|e12cuft|m3}} of natural gas reserves. The crude oil PDVSA extracts from the Orinoco is refined into a fuel eponymously named ‘Orimulsion’.JOURNAL, Lander, Luis, LóPez-Maya, Margarita, May 2003, Venezuela's Oil Reform And Chavismo, NACLA Report on the Americas, 36, 1, 21–23, 10.1080/10714839.2003.11722513, 1071-4839, PDVSA has a production capacity, including the strategic associations and operating agreements, of {{convert|4|Moilbbl|m3}} per day (600,000 m³). Officials say production is around {{convert|3.3|Moilbbl/d|m3/d}} although most secondary sources such as OPEC and the EIA put Venezuela's output at least {{convert|500000|oilbbl/d|m3/d}} lower.The organization's payroll tripled during the presidency of Hugo Chavez. Oil production fell steeply, a drop of 700,000 barrels per day. Soaring oil prices began in 2002 and peaked in 2008 at $147 per barrel.


In 2002, many of the employees of PDVSA went on strike against the policies of Chávez, who in response fired over 19,000 workers from the company. Intevep, the research and development arm of PDVSA, reportedly lost 80% of its workers, severely damaging PDVSA's ability to innovate and compete in the global petroleum market."Brain Haemorrhage; Venezuela's Oil Diaspora." The Economist, 19 July 2014, p. 31(US). World History in Context. Accessed 11 Oct. 2018. PDVSA saw stagnant growth in the following era which was defined by a boom in oil prices. Between 2002 and 2012, incapacitating injuries to employees rose from 1.8 per million man hours to 6.2 (extremely high compared to 0.6 per million man hours for Pemex in 2012), highlighting the companies struggle to optimize. Many ex-PDVSA employees moved to Alberta, where the oil consistency is similar to that of the Orinoco. As a result, the number of Venezuelans in Alberta has risen from 465 in 2001 to 3,860 in 2011. Many PDVSA workers migrated to Colombia and joined Ecopetrol, and are credited with helping the company attain huge profits throughout the 2010s. In 2006, Rafael Ramírez, the energy minister, gave PDVSA workers a choice: Support President Hugo Chávez, or lose their jobs. The minister also said: "PDVSA is red [the color identified with Chávez's political party], red from top to bottom". Chávez defended Ramírez, saying that public workers should back the "revolution". He added that "PDVSA's workers are with this revolution, and those who aren't should go somewhere else. Go to Miami".Storm over Venezuela oil speech, BBC News,4 November 2006. Accessed online 7 November 2006. PDVSA continues to hire only supporters of the president, and PDVSA revenue is used to fund political projects.NEWS,weblink 24 September 2012, Venezuela's oil industry: Up in smoke, The Economist, 27 August 2012,


1970s: nationalization

{{See also|History of the Venezuelan oil industry#Nationalization}}Under the presidency of Carlos Andrés Pérez, whose economic plan, "La Gran Venezuela", called for the nationalization of the oil industry, Venezuela officially nationalized its oil industry on 1 January 1976 at the site of Zumaque oilwell 1 (Mene Grande). This was the birth of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA). All foreign oil companies that once did business in Venezuela were replaced by Venezuelan companies, such as Lagoven (Standard Oil), Maraven (Shell), and Llavonen (Mobil). Each of the former concessionaires was simply substituted by a new 'national' oil company, which maintained the structures and functions of its multi-national corporation (MNC) predecessor.Vegard Bye, "Nationalization of Oil in Venezuela: Re-defined Dependence and Legitimization of Imperialism", Journal of Peace Research, 16, no. 1 (1979): 67, accessed December 3, 2014. With the 1976 nationalization, each previous multinational operator was converted into an affiliate of PDVSA; these affiliates were grouped into an administrative structure underneath both PDVSA and the Venezuelan Ministry of Energy. To prevent political uprising from within PDVSA, direct anti-organization clauses were written into the law creating the company.JOURNAL, Giusti, Luis E., 1999, "La Apertura": The Opening of Venezuela's Oil Industry, Journal of International Affairs, 53, 1, 117–128, 24357788, With this absorption, PDVSA became the employer of engineers with comprehensive technical training from the old multinational corporations“PDVSA." The National of Venezuela , 3 Feb. 2017. General OneFile. Accessed Oct 25, 2018." and promptly took advantage of their newfound expertise. Within 25 years of nationalization, PDVSA would become the largest company in Latin America and the tenth most profitable in the world. In that 25-year span they went from 18 billion barrels to over 80 billion barrels worth of oil reserves, with a similar increase in production capacity.

1980s–1990s: Apertura

PDVSA's poor post-nationalization performance resulted in Venezuela's opening of the company to global cooperation. The opening up of the Venezuelan oil industry, or Apertura, was initialized with a Venezuelan Supreme Court decision which removed older laws prohibiting cooperation with multi-national corporations Venezuelan land. From 1993 through 1998, PDVSA split extraction rights with multiple multi-national companies in special arrangements called “strategic associations”, in effect trading Venezuelan crude oil for the efficiency that came from outside expertise and technology. These “strategic associations” were controversial; Venezuela was able to maximize profits at the cost of lenient taxation on the multinational companies and the loss of sovereign control over domestic resources. With Chávez's election, Venezuela's attention became increasingly focused on complying with OPEC. As oil prices collapsed in the late 1990s, however, keeping the special arrangements while conforming to OPEC regulations became impossible, leading to an end of the Apertura arrangements for Venezuela. Before the election of Chávez, PDVSA ran autonomously, making oil decisions based on internal guidance to increase profits.Wiseman, Colin and Daniel Béland. “The Politics of Institutional Change in Venezuela: Oil Policy During the Presidency of Hugo Chávez.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Vol 35, No. 70 (2010), pp. 141-164. JSTOR. Accessed 3 Nov. 2018. Chávez, once he came to power, unlocked PDVSA and effectively turned it into a direct government arm who's profits would be injected into social spending. The result of this was the creation of “Bolivarian Missions”, oil funded social programs targeting poverty, literacy, hunger, and more. With the Apertura, PDVSA became the de facto economic legislator of Venezuela, with many of its managers becoming active in Venezuelan politics and serving as national representatives in economic summits. Chávez continued this trend, further incorporating PDVSA into the government's structure, but made social welfare the priority. During his campaign, Chávez repeatedly remarked that PDVSA was previously too powerful and autonomous, and its managers acted subversively to Venezuela. Chávez turned the post-Apertura PDVSA into a political rallying point for his mostly lower-class supporters by associating its Apertura neo-liberal policies with the countries elites, energizing his working class supporters against the companies former special arrangements. In 1998 PDVSA produced 3.4 million barrels of oil a day and had 40,000 employees. By law it deposited its revenues in the sovereign fund accounts in Venezuela's Central Bank.WEB,weblink Hell of a Fiesta, Enrique Krauze, March 8, 2018, New York Review of Books, February 21, 2018,weblink" title="">weblink no,

2000s: recovery and social spending

(File:Bomba PDV.jpg|thumb|right|Filling station in Venezuela of PDV (a subsidiary of PDVSA))In December 2002 the Venezuelan general strike of 2002-2003 saw many of PDVSA's managers and employees (including the CTV trade union federation) lock out workers to pressure Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez to call early elections, and virtually stop oil production for two months. Nearly 19,000 employees, most of them seasoned professionals, were summarily dismissed, and production resumed with employees loyal to the elected government. The International Labour Organization (ILO) called on the Venezuelan government to launch "an independent investigation into allegations of detention and torture", surrounding this strike.WEB,weblink UN labour agency discusses repression in Myanmar, China, Colombia, Venezuela, 2004-03-29, UN News, en,weblink 2019-04-30, no, 2019-04-30, The strike caused substantial macroeconomic damage, pushing unemployment up by 5 percentage points to a peak of over 20% in March 2003.WEB,weblink Venezuela's economy shows strong signs of recovery after lock-out/strike, 2003-09-27,, en, 2019-04-30, The company has since formed its own militia, which all employees join on a voluntary basis, to ward off a potential "coup" by the government. It considers itself virtually indistinguishable from the state, its social programs more or less running the country's "socialist revolution".German Zambrano, head of communications, cited in EPISODE
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In 2005 PDVSA opened its first office in China, and announced plans to nearly triple its fleet of oil tankers, to 58.{{Citation needed|date=April 2019}}In April and May 2005, PDVSA, per an agreement signed between the governments of Venezuela and Argentina, sent 50 million tonnes of fuel oil to the latter to alleviate the effects of an energy crisis due to a shortage of natural gas.In November 2005, PDVSA and its subsidiary in the US, Citgo, announced an agreement with Massachusetts to provide heating oil to low income families in Boston at a discount of 40% below market price.NEWS,weblink Venezuela gives US cheap oil deal, 2005-11-23, 2019-04-30, en-GB, Similar agreements were later set up with other states and cities in the US Northeast including New York's Bronx, Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Delaware. Under the program, Citgo offered a total of around {{convert|50|e6USgal|m3}} of heating oil at below market prices, equivalent to a discount of between 60 and 80 cents a gallon.On 28 July 2006, credit ratings agency Moody's Investor Service said it was removing its standalone ratings on PDVSA because the oil company does not provide adequate operational and financial information. PDVSA has still not filed its 2004 financial results with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that were due in June 2005.During the 2000s, PDVSA has made contributions to the protection of the environment through showcase projects in shanty towns and waste removal.EPISODE
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In 2008, PDVSA had been Latin America's largest company, but in the next year was overtaken by Petrobras and Pemex, according to a ranking of the region's top 500 companies from Latin Business Chronicle.Largest companies in Latin América

2007 expropriations

{{See also|History of the Venezuelan oil industry#Nationalization}}Assets of ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips were expropriated in 2007 after they declined to restructure their holdings in Venezuela to give PDVSA majority control, Total, Chevron, Statoil and BP agreed and retained minority shares in their Venezuelan projects.NEWS, Exxon Mobil's Venezuelan gambit might lead to settlement,weblink March 26, 2012, The New York Times, February 11, 2008, Matt Daily, Reaching a settlement with ExxonMobil has proven difficult; Venezuela offered book value for ExxonMobil's assets and ExxonMobil asked for as much as $12 billion. This matter and others including the claims of ConocoPhillips remain before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.NEWS, Venezuela Vows to Reject Arbitration in Exxon Case,weblink March 26, 2012, The New York Times, January 8, 2012, Reuters, PDVSA paid compensation for assets it nationalized, including $255 million paid to ExxonMobil on February 15, 2012 in compensation for nationalization of ExxonMobil's Venezuelan assets in 2007 and $420 million to be paid beginning in 2012 to U.S. firms Williams Cos Inc. and Exterran Holdings, Inc. for natural gas assets nationalized in 2009.NEWS, Venezuela to Pay Nationalized U.S. Firms $420 Million,weblink March 26, 2012, Latin American Herald Tribune, March 26, 2012, Also in 2007, PDVSA bought 82.14% percent of Electricidad de Caracas company from AES Corporation as part of a renationalization program. Subsequently, the ownership share rose to 93.62% (December 2008).

2010s: crisis in Venezuela

In 2010, PDVSA loaned the government of Antigua $68 million to repurchase all remaining shares of West Indies Oil Company (WIOC) from Bruce Rappaport's National Petroleum Ltd.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2012-09-01, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-01-19, In 2012, PDVSA announced that it would enter into a joint venture agreement with Eni SpA and Repsol in order to initiate a gas production project at the Cardon VI gas block in Venezuela. Production from this joint venture is estimated to reach between 80-100 million cubic meters of gas.WEB, Venezuela's PDVSA Delays Joint Gas Production With Eni, Repsol Until 1Q 2013,weblink BrightWire, In February 2014, PDVSA and the Anglo-French oil firm Perenco entered into talks for a $600 million financing deal to boost production at their Petrowarao joint venture.{{Citation| url =weblink| title= Venezuela's PDVSA, Perenco discuss $600 million financing for venture| publisher = Reuters| location = International| date=24 February 2014}} In October 2014, Venezuela imported its first ever ship of oil from Algeria so that they could dilute their oil.NEWS, Pdvsa confirms "punctual" import of light crude oil,weblink 22 October 2014, El Universal, 20 October 2014, Following the death of Chávez in 2013, policies he enacted caused a crisis in Bolivarian Venezuela, with the nation's economy deteriorating greatly.WEB, Post-Chavez, Venezuela Enters a Downward Spiral,weblink Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 21 February 2015, Because of the ongoing hyperinflation and food shortage, paychecks have become all but valueless, leading to mass resignation from workersCunningham, Nick. “Corruption at Venezuela’s State-Run Oil Company Is Pushing the Country Deeper into a Crisis.” Business Insider, 19 April 2018. Accessed 3 Nov. 2018. . By 2017, PDVSA could not even afford to export oil through international waters, which requires safety inspections and cleaning under maritime law, with a fleet of tankers stranded in the Caribbean Sea due to the issue.NEWS, Gramer, Robbie, Venezuela Is So Broke It Can’t Even Export Oil,weblink 31 January 2017, Foreign Policy, 26 January 2017, In addition, Nicolás Maduro fired the head of PDVSA and replaced him with Major General Manuel Quevedo, placating the military by giving them control of PDVSA. These recent developments have resulted in a fragmented corporate structure and not enough workers to keep certain rigs operating continuously. By the end of 2013, Venezuela produced 1.2 million barrels of oil per day from the Orinoco, falling short of its target of 1.5 million barrels. The repeated poor performances of PDVSA are heavily linked to Venezuela's current hyperinflation crisis. In order to correct for these shortcomings, Maduro has installed more Venezuelan military members in several key PDVSA positions, in an effort to reduce the corruption and inefficiency.“Venezuela Shakes Up PDVSA Management As Oil Production Tanks.” E&P, 18 October 2018. Accessed 3 Nov. 2018. Between 1999 and 2017 PDVSA earned an estimated $635 billion in revenue and produced an additional $406 billion worth of oil. Production dropped further, to half of its 1998 benchmark. Accountability for the funds was no longer required and Jorge Giordani, minister of planning until in 2014, estimates that $300 billion was simply stolen. Despite having some of the largest proven oil reserves in the world, in June 2018 PDVSA's actions grew more desperate as they began to import and refine foreign crude oil for the first time in the country's history so they could meet export demands. Oil production had also slowed to levels not seen since the 1950s due to economic and management difficulties.NEWS,weblink Exclusive: Venezuela eyes first-ever refining of foreign oil -..., Parraga, Marianna, Reuters, 2018-06-15, en-US, Since 2015, a US Justice Department investigation into PDVSA corruption has resulted in 12 guilty pleas pertaining to a bribery scheme between PDVSA and its contractors; This scheme involved members within the company would insure favorable treatment of vendors in exchange for kickbacks.“Venezuela Pleads Guilty in US to Role in PDVSA Bribe Scheme.” VOA News, 16 July 2018. Accessed 3 Nov. 2018 These actions violate the US's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and are classified as conspiracy to commit money laundering. In May 2017, Goldman Sachs purchased $2.8 billion of PdVSA 2022 bonds from the Central Bank of Venezuela.NEWS,weblink Goldman Sachs Bought Venezuela’s State Oil Company’s Bonds Last Week, Kurmanaev, Anatoly, May 28, 2017, The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2017, Vyas, Kejal, In August 2017, Donald Trump's administration imposed economic sanctions against PDVSA.NEWS, With executive order, Trump imposes new round of Venezuela sanctions,weblink USA Today, 25 August 2017, With the prospects of Maduro leaving power in early 2019, which could bring both stability and a more trustworthy government other nations will loan to, confidence saw an assessable increase in the nation, with tangible financial benefits like an increase in value of bonds for PDVSA, the country's major oil and gas company (which is state-owned but backs Guaidó), which went up 5% in January 2019.WEB,weblink Venezuela's Guaido Says Opposition Seeks Financing, Debt Relief, Bloomberg, 23 January 2019, Investors have said that the bonds would double in value when Maduro leaves office.WEB,weblink Market Ponders The End Of Venezuela's Failed Socialist Project, Rapoza, Kenneth, Forbes, en, 23 January 2019,

Ownership of Citgo

PDVSA bought 50% of the United States gasoline brand Citgo from Southland Corporation in 1986 and the remaining half in 1990.Company History, by Citgo, accessed on 10 December 2007. With full ownership of Citgo, PDVSA at its peak controlled 10% of the US domestic oil market, creating a lucrative export chain from Venezuelan soil to American consumers, as the two largest buyers of Venezuelan petroleum are the United States and China, respectively.BOOK, Kline, Harvey F., 2018-04-24, Latin American Politics and Development, 10.4324/9780429495045, 9780429495045, PDVSA was, despite dwindling performance, able to add Russia's Rosneft as an extraction partner in 2013, with the anticipation of extracting 2.1 million barrels of petroleum per day. With the onset of the Venezuelan Crisis, Venezuela borrowed 1.5 billion dollars from Russia, offering 49.9% of PDVSA's share in Citgo as collateral; Venezuela's high likelihood of default means Citgo could be absorbed by Rosneft in the near future.Valencia, Robert. “Don't Worry About War with North Korea - Venezuela Is the Real Problem.” Yahoo! News, 14 October 2018. Accessed 3 Nov. 2018. On October 30th, 2018 PDVSA paid $949 million on its Citgo backed bond to investors, a payment many analysts thought was impossible for the company given its recent liquidity struggles.Scigliuzzo, Davide. “PDVSA Bewilders Bond Analysts by Making $949 Million Payments.” Bloomberg, 30 Oct. 2018. Accessed 3 Nov. 2018. This payment means that PDVSA will continue to own Citgo for the time being, but failure to pay in the future will result in Citgo transferring ownership to one of PDVSA's creditors. Losing Citgo would be disastrous for PDVSA, as they would lose the key terminal of their export chain to the US and the chemical additives necessary for oil refinery that Citgo produces; this loss would wreak additional havoc on Venezuela's economy, drying up the revenue stream that provides 90% of the government's hard-currency earnings.Whelan, Jeanne and Anthony Faiola. “Venezuela’s Foreign Creditors Try to Lay Claim to Citgo.” The Washington Post, 17 October 2018. Accessed 3 Nov. 2018. The next payment is due in April 2019; whether or not PDVSA will make a full payment is uncertain as Venezuela has been completely insolvent with the rest of their $60 billion debt.“Update-1-Investors Receiving Payment on PDVSA 2020 Bond-Sources.” Reuters, 30 October 2018. Accessed 3 Nov. 2018. Canadian mining firm Crystallex is another creditor of PDVSA's Citgo holdings and could potentially end up in control should PDVSA default in 2020. Crystallex, through a US court case, has already received an undisclosed amount of Citgo shares in compensation for Venezuela's 2008 nationalization of their mines. A separate Canadian mining firm, Rusoro, is also pursuing $1.28 billion in repayment for the prior nationalization of its assets, which it is pursuing through the US justice system until PDVSA begins making payments.


There have been worsening safety problems since 2003, culminating in a gas leak at the Paraguaná Refinery Complex in August 2012 which caused an explosion, killing 48 people and damaging 1600 homes.NEWS, Chaos, demands for answers after Venezuela refinery blast,weblink 24 September 2012, Reuters, 2 September 2012, Another major fire broke out at the {{Interlanguage link|El Palito|es}} refinery in September 2012.NEWS, Venezuela: Fire at PDVSA El Palito refinery extinguished,weblink 24 September 2012, Petroleum World,


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  • Nelson Ferrer – Vice President of Exploration and Production and Internal Director
  • Guillermo Blanco – Vice President of Refining and Internal Director
  • Fernando de Quintal Rodríguez – Vice President of Commerce and Supply and Internal Director
  • Nemrod Contreras – Vice President of Gas and Internal Director
  • Iris Medina – Vice President of Finance and Internal Director
  • Marcos Rojas Marchena – Vice President of International Affairs and Internal Director
  • Miguel Quintana C – Vice President of Planning and Engineering and Internal Director
  • Yurbis Gómez, Ricardo León Sabala, Wils Rangel, Simón Zerpa, Ricardo Menéndez and Tareck El Aissami – External Directors

Presidents of PDVSA

  • Manuel Quevedo (November 2017 – present) Major general of the Bolivarian National Guard
  • Nelson Martínez (August 2017 – November 2017) BS in Chemistry, MS in Physical Chemistry University of Poitiers, France. Ph.D in Chemistry University of Reading, UK.
  • Eulogio Del Pino (September 2014 – August 2017) Exploration geophysics, Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • Rafael Ramírez (November 2004{{spaced ndash}}September 2014) Minister of Energy and Oil (2005), M.Sc. Energy policyUCV, B.Sc. Mechanical EngineeringULA.
  • Alí Rodríguez Araque (April 2002 – October 2004) Minister of Energy (1999), Secretary General OPEC (2001), Lic. Economics - UCV.
  • Gastón Parra Luzardo (February 2002 - April 2002) Academic Vice-RectorLUZ (1980–1984), Dean of the School of Social Sciences – LUZ (1972–1975). Lic. Economics - LUZ.
  • Guaicaipuro Lameda Montero (October 2000Washington Post, 27 October 2000, "Chavez Taps Into Military to Fill Top Civilian Posts; Venezuelan Leans on Familiar Source" – February 2002) Brigadier General of the Venezuelan Army and Electrical Engineering, (University of the Pacific), M.Sc. economic planning .
  • Héctor Ciavaldini (August 1999 - October 2000).
  • Roberto Mandini (February 1999 - August 1999).
  • Luis Giusti (March 1994 – February 1999) M.Sc. Petroleum EngineeringTU, B.Sc Petroleum Engineering - LUZ
  • Gustavo Roosen (March 1992 – March 1994) Minister of Education (1989), M.A. Comparative Law (NYU), B.A. Law – UCAB.
  • Andres Sosa Pietri (March 1990 – March 1992).
  • Juan Chacín Guzmán (October 1986 – March 1990).
  • Brigido R. Natera (February 1984 – October 1986) B.S. Geology, Universidad Central de Venezuela, M.B.A. Stanford University, 1968.
  • Humberto Calderón Berti (March 1983 – February 1984) Minister of Energy (1979–1982).
  • Rafael Alfonzo Ravard (January 1976 – March 1983). General of the Venezuelan Army, civil engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Overseas assets

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  • Citgo Petroleum Corporation, United States – Citgo is 100% owned by PDVSA.
  • Nynäs Petroleum, Sweden – PDVSA owns a 50% stake with Finland's Neste Oil Oyj holding the other 50%.
  • BOPEC, Bonaire petroleum corporation 100% owned by PDVSA.
  • Isla refinery, Curaçao – PDVSA leases the Isla Refinery on the island, though it intends to end its lease at the end of 2019. The refinery has been operating at below capacity for at least two years, due to maintenance problems and difficulty supplying crude oil as third parties attempt to legally seize oil shipments in lieu of payment by Venezuela.Isla has not been operating at full capacity for two years
  • PDVSA acquired a minority stake in the Jamaican state-owned oil refinery in 2006.
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  • Hovensa LLC refinery, United States Virgin Islands – - closed in 2015. Hovensa was jointly owned by PDVSA and Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corp.
  • Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO), Bahamas – PDVSA was the sole owner of this oil storage terminal in the Caribbean until April 2008. The new owners were Royal Vopak (20%) and First Reserve Corporation (80%). It is doing business as Vopak Terminal Bahamas. They in turn sold the facility to Buckeye Partners in 2011.
  • Ruhr Oel, Germany – PDVSA was a 50% owner of Ruhr Oel GmbH, the other half belonging to BP's German unit Aral AG. PDVSA sold its part to Russia's Rosneft on October 2010.

See also



External links

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