Venezuelan domestic hydrocarbons demand up 23% in January-July
Production of crude oil in Venezuela fell 5% in September 2012
According to the OPEC, the substantial demand of gasoline and jet fuel is accountable for such increase in domestic demand. "More than one third of the hydrocarbons domestic market is made up by gasoline," the OPEC asserted in its report.
Factors such as the 4.7% increase in electricity demand and a growing construction sector (22% up during the first semester of 2012) suggest that an increase in power consumption is expected, and consequently, in the hydrocarbons domestic market.
OPEC projections show that gasoline consumption in Venezuela is to growth by 40,000 barrels, in comparison with 2011, when gasoline consumption hit 293,000 barrels per day (bpd) on average.
As for local production, the OPEC monthly report shows that Venezuelan crude oil extraction in September 2012 was 2.32 million bdp. This figure represents a 5% drop in comparison with September 2011, when production of Venezuelan oil was 2.44 million bpd; it also reveals a reduction of 293,000 bpd in comparison with August 2012.
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.