Venezuela's supply of hydrocarbons to the United States fell
in September amid reduced shipments of oil byproducts, said
the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm
of the US Department of Energy.
Just like in the rest of this year, Venezuelan sales of oil byproducts to the United States decreased in September, from 192,000 bpd to 179,000 bpd, a 6.7 percent decline. So far this year, Venezuelan shipments of oil byproducts have plunged 22.2 percent, from an average of 296,000 bpd in January-September 2006 to 230,000 bpd in the same period this year.
The environmental standards the US has been implementing have hit the volume of Venezuelan shipments of byproducts. However, high domestic consumption of fuels has eaten up a large part of the barrels formerly earmarked for export.
Unlike the sales of oil byproducts, crude oil shipments soared 0.7 percent, from 1.13 million bpd to 1.14 million bpd in August-September. In this way, Venezuela kept is position as the fourth largest supplier of crude oil to the United States, after Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico.
So far this year, Venezuela's hydrocarbon (crude oil and byproducts) sales to the United averaged 1.35 million bpd. This represents a 7.2 drop compared to the same period in 2006.
In parallel, Venezuela has expanded hydrocarbons exports to China. Based on the figures disclosed by state-run oil giant Pdvsa, in September crude oil sales to China recorded an unprecedented 359,000 bpd. In 2008, the goal is 500,000 bpd.
LOPEZ CASE The Venezuelan mission at the United Nations in Geneva has sent a notice to the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) labeling as "unreasonable" the latter's petition to release Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López.
HUMAN RIGHTS Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, gathered on Wednesday in Madrid. At the meeting, Rajoy expressed his concerns about the detention of the dissenter, whose immediate release was requested by the United Nations in a resolution issued recently.
LOPEZ'S CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of detained opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserted on Tuesday that "justice is militarized in Venezuela," because the Venezuelan government "has not observed" the resolution issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) asking for the release of her husband.