Tankers Across The Caribbean Wait For PDVSA Payments



Ten tankers carrying varied oil merchandise are sitting anchored throughout the Caribbean awaiting cost for the supply from Venezuela’s PDVSA, unnamed sources advised S&P Platts. The vessels maintain greater than three million barrels of oil merchandise, together with heavy virgin naphtha and gasoline blendstock.

The troubled Venezuelan firm has been gradual to make funds for oil product cargoes, however it’s making them, one of many sources stated, including that “We didn’t see them as large patrons for Could deliveries of gasoline and diesel, so I suppose they really feel comfy with the ships ready.”

Venezuela is struggling a scarcity of heavy virgin naphtha, which is mixed with the native heavy crude earlier than it’s shipped to the USA and Asia. This has added to woes such because the catastrophic decline in oil manufacturing attributable to lack of funds for discipline upkeep, and the ensuing drop in refinery processing charges. This latter downside has pressured the cash-strapped nation to extend gasoline imports to fulfill home demand.

PDVSA itself stated in a latest technical report that its greatest refining advanced, Paraguana refining Middle, with a capability of 955,000 bpd of crude was working at simply 19 % of that.

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The Venezuelan state oil firm has different issues, too. Two weeks in the past, ConocoPhillips obtained two courtroom orders for the seizure of PDVSA belongings within the Caribbean in an try to implement a courtroom ruling that has awarded the U.S. firm with US$2 billion in compensation for the pressured nationalization of its belongings by the Hugo Chavez authorities 11 years in the past.

Conoco this week moved to grab some oil product stock belonging to PDVSA from a Curacao storage terminal, after the island’s authorities gave it the inexperienced mild. If Conoco seizes all focused belongings, which embody a refinery, additionally on Curacao, and several other storage amenities on two different islands within the Caribbean, it could significantly irritate the struggling firm’s scenario.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

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