Venezuela signs new oil cooperation agreements with Russia
Two memoranda of understanding were initialed. The first one aims at the development of offshore oil projects in the Gulf of Paria, whereas the second one involves development of offshore gas areas in Río Caribe and Mejillones
Rafael Ramírez, the president of Venezuela's state-run oil company Pdvsa, said new energy cooperation agreements have been entered into by Venezuelan and Russia.
After a meeting with Russian state-run company Rosneft, two memoranda of understanding were signed. The first one aims at the development of offshore oil projects in the Gulf of Paria (northeast Venezuela), whereas the second one intends to develop offshore gas areas in Río Caribe and Mejillones, northeast.
An additional instrument was initialed for the construction of joint ventures in the area of services. The agreement includes a drills supply agreement across the country.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.