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Last Updated : Jul 04, 2016 07:28 AM IST | Source: PTI

Venezuela's 2015 oil revenues plunge 40%

PDVSA - the world's fifth-largest oil company - earned USD 72.2 billion in revenues last year, a sharp drop from 2014's USD 121.9 billion.


Venezuela's oil revenues plummeted 40.7 percent in 2015 due to sinking global oil prices, the country's state-owned PDVSA said in its annual report.


PDVSA - the world's fifth-largest oil company - earned USD 72.2 billion in revenues last year, a sharp drop from 2014's USD 121.9 billion.


Meanwhile, its net profit fell 19 percent to USD 7.3 billion.

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The South American OPEC country relies heavily on its oil and gas reserves -- which account for 96 percent of the country's exports and are the largest worldwide at more than 300 billion barrels.


The first half of 2016 saw the value of Venezuela's crude oil tumble to an average USD 31.15 per barrel, said the country's ministry of petroleum and mining last Friday.


"In 2014 the average price was USD 88. It is obvious that our earnings have dropped," said PDVSA president and Venezuela's Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino, in an interview broadcast by the private station Televen yesterday.


The sector's nose-dive has exacerbated the country's already dire economic situation in which 80 percent of basic consumer products, including food and medicine, are in short supply.


Soaring prices and shortages have in turn led to riots, looting and vigilante justice.


President Nicolas Maduro blames the country's economic woes on a right-wing conspiracy, while the opposition is demanding a referendum to oust the leader.



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First Published on Jul 4, 2016 07:26 am
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