QUINTO SEMESTRE DE COMERCIO EXTERIOR
CARACAS, 01 DEAGOSTO DEL 2012
Venezuelan government’s gasoline imports from united station private enterprises.
The monthly report of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries not only first mentioned Venezuela as one of the major oil producers and exporters of that organization, but also appears as one of the largest importers of U.S. gasoline. Specifically does not state the amountyou are buying from the United States. However, based on data from the Department of Energy, in which there are volumes during 2011 indicate that imports of fuels made Venezuela grew 44.1% compared to 2010.
Petroleum de Venezuela last year made imports from the U.S. at an annual average of 28,700 barrels per day. In February recorded the lowest level of 12,000 barrels per day. In Augustpeaked at 50,000 barrels per day and by the end of November reached 37,000 barrels a tendency to rise, according to OPEC, mainly by increasing consumption of gasoline, lubricants, fuel oil and fuel additives are required for electricity generation in thermal plants and distributed generation equipment that were imported from Cuba.
The increase of imports rises to 133% when compared with the averageimport PDVSA made in 1999 during the first year of President Hugo Chavez, when the average import of refined products was 12,300 barrels per day.
Venezuela raised gasoline purchases to United States from 2011
• In December 2011 it imported 11.3% of the national monthly consumption:
While down PDVSA's oil exports to the United States since December 2011 has been anincrease in the volume of finished gasoline to Venezuela to the U.S. purchase.
Data statistical arm of the Department of Energy indicate that U.S. government in December 2011 Venezuela imported one million barrels of finished gasoline from the United States. This represents approximately 11.3% of the total demand of the Venezuelan domestic market, which reached about 8.79 million barrelsper month at the end of last year.
The December 2011 figure equates to just gasoline imports from the United States conducted in February 2003 after the oil strike, when it bought just 1.01 million barrels in the month. Overall, purchases of crude oil and petroleum to the U.S. in December 2011 represented 2.21 million barrels, a figure that exceeded 152% of purchases in December 2010, whichamounted to 875,000 barrels.
The agency Efe said that last April's statistics from the Department of Energy U.S. exports to Venezuela summarized by a volume of 1.62 million barrels of refined products including gasoline, jet fuel, liquefied gas and additives. In eight of the thirteen months from April 2011 U.S. placements of petroleum products in Venezuela have surpassed one millionbarrels per month.
Around the year 2011 these U.S. exports to Venezuela totaled 11.8 million barrels, compared with 7.34 million barrels in 2010, 9.5 million in 2009 and 9.74 million barrels in 2008.
The growth in purchases of Venezuelan oil coincides with a period of many events and accidents in the oil refining plant of Petroleos de Venezuela. During the last quarter of2011 Amuay and Cardon refineries, the Paraguana Refining Complex, and the Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello had a series of flaws in their units, which impacted the processing of crude oil derivatives. There was also a revival of exports of liquefied United States to Venezuela, as in October 2011 placed 441,000 barrels, 330,000 barrels other in January 2012 and 416,000 barrels in March 2012....