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 Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, met on Friday with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
HUMAN RIGHTS Pictures published on Thursday show the national coordinator of opposition Voluntad Popular party Leopoldo López and former mayor of San Cristóbal, Táchira state, Daniel Ceballos calling for their own release and that of all the political prisoners in Venezuela, pursuant to a ruling issued by the United Nations Organization last October 8.
LOPEZ'S CASE Tanzanian lawyer Roland Adjovi, one of the five members of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, noted that the resolution urging Venezuela to release opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Daniel Ceballos "is binding upon the government," and added that the authorities had to "observe the group's decision."