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.
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.