OPEC reports 1.8% drop in Venezuela's oil output
Member States failed to keep the oil production ceiling
Venezuela's oil drilling in October slipped 1.8% as appears from data supplied by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in its monthly report.
The numbers of the oil cartel, according to market secondary sources, show that Venezuela produced 2.33 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in October 2012, compared to 2.38 million bpd drilled in October 2011.
In October this year, however, the Venezuelan monthly output grew 18,300 bpd, or 0.7%, compared to September 2012.
The OPEC report also included the production numbers furnished by Venezuela, under which the domestic production in October 2012 stood for 2.7 million bpd, 33,000 bpd or 1.17% less than 2.81 million in September.
The OPEC production in the aggregate amounted to 30.9 million bpd, including oil production from Iraq. This means that Member States would not observe the oil production ceiling at 30 million bpd that had been agreed by the organization in its last meeting held in the middle of 2012.
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."