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.
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.