Venezuela buys more US gasoline since 2011
In December 2011, 11.3% out of the domestic monthly consumption was imported
While Venezuelan oil exports from state-run holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) to the United States go downhill, a hike in the volume of gasoline bought from the United States has been recorded since December 2011.
Data of the statistical arm of the US Department of Energy show that in December 2011, Venezuela imported one million barrels of finished gasoline from the United States. This accounts for approximately 11.3% of the total demand of the Venezuelan domestic market, nearing 8.79 million monthly barrels ending last year.
December 2011 numbers are tantamount to the imports of gasoline from the United States in February 2003, following the oil strike staged throughout Venezuela. At that time, exactly 1.01 million barrels a month were purchased.
On aggregate, the purchase of crude oil and byproducts from the United States in December 2011 stood for 2.21 million barrels, 152% over the purchases recorded in December 2010, for a total of 875,000 barrels.
As quoted by Efe, the numbers of last April produced by the US Department of Energy point to exports to Venezuela for 1.62 million barrels of refined products, including gasoline, heavy fuel, liquefied gas and additives.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."