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The new pump seeks to fill a vacuum left by the U.S. ban on Russian energy imports after the Ukrainian-based armed conflict, which prompted oil prices to exceed US$100 per barrel.
U.S. oil companies Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and Weatherford International, whose operations in Venezuela were frozen by economic sanctions, appealed to the U.S. Treasury Department to authorize them to re-start oil drilling in this South American country.
The new pump seeks to fill a vacuum left by the ban on Russian energy imports after the Ukrainian conflict, which prompted oil prices to exceed US$100 per barrel.
The re-establishment of operations will rapidly increase Venezuelan oil production capacity beyond 1 million barrels per day (BPD) after three years of recession prompted by the U.S. blockade.
This unilateral coercive policy prevents Venezuela from negotiating its oil crude —which represented 96 percent of the country’s income— on the U.S. market. The blockade also sanctions on any non-U.S. person or institution that carries out transactions with Bolivarian oil companies.
Alex is a diplomat who was undertaking a humanitarian mission, the United States is carrying out political warfare against the people of Venezuela. Today I take the opportunity to thank the social movements around the world who are joining together to mark the Alex’s kidnapping. pic.twitter.com/qZJ4t7heZo
Due to the blockade, hundreds of oil companies canceled their assets and withdrew most of their equipment and personnel working in Venezuela. Over a dozen platforms still remain in storage near this Latin American country’s oil fields.
In March, a U.S. delegation discussed with Venezuelan authorities the possibility of restoring energy supplies to counteract the oil price hike stemming from sanctions on Russia.
The dialogue raised the expectations of U.S. largest oil companies, which seek to obtain U.S. permits to bring additional drilling equipment to Venezuela once they are allowed to resume their operations there.
Ukraine and the United States were the only two countries to vote against a Russian resolution on “combating the glorification of Nazism and neo-Nazism” at the United Nations. The EU and Canada were among the abstentions. December 16, 2021: Credit: @KawsachunNewspic.twitter.com/e3ROaPEJV7