By purchasing a majority of the company's shares inthe British government gained direct control of the Iranian oil industry, which it would not relinquish for 37 years. A year agreement signed in established a flat payment to Iran of four British pounds for every ton of crude oil exported and denied Iran any right to control oil exports. In Iran signed a new year concession with the consortium.
But achieving the latter required cooperating with the rest of OPEC, which, as in the s, wanted to cut production in order to raise prices. So the managers had to go. Inthe former paratrooper pushed through a new energy law that jacked up the royalties foreign oil firms would have to pay the government.
It also mandated that PDVSA would lead all new oil exploration and production; foreign firms could only hold minority stakes in whatever partnerships they struck with the national company.
Then, in April, he went on live television to humiliate and fire a handful of PDVSA managers, replacing them with political hacks. With them went most of the managerial expertise and technical know-how PDVSA had managed to preserve during the earlier purges.
Even his own government soon realized the harm it had done. Accidents and spills began to proliferate, and ina top energy ministry official admitted privately that it would take at least 15 years to rebuild the technical skills lost by the mass firings.
Another energy ministry official even asked U. And in the years since, the situation has only worsened. Conditions at the company and in the economy are now so bad that employees take home a pittance — just a handful of dollars a month — and face political pressure to support the regime.
Such treatment has led to the large-scale flight of skilled workers: According to Reuters, the exodus has grown so big that some PDVSA offices have begun refusing to let their workers resign.
Using legally questionable methods, he started siphoning off billions of dollars in PDVSA revenue to pay for his social programs, including housing, education, clinics, and school lunches.
While this strategy may have paid off politically in the short term, it was extremely dangerous: Since oil fields gradually produce less oil over time as they get tapped out, countries constantly need to dig new wells and rejuvenate shrinking reservoirs with injections of water or gas.
He raised royalty rates yet again and billed the companies for billions of dollars in bogus back taxes. These provocations exasperated foreign executives; even officials from the China National Petroleum Corporation grumbled to U. ExxonMobil and Conoco threw in the towel and left.
A country that was once an exporter of agricultural products had to start importing lots of government-subsidized food — another common feature of the resource curse. Byfor example, PDVSA had been dragooned into producing and distributing milk; later, the firm began importing other basic foods, from cooking oil to rice and beans.
By this point, Venezuela had become nearly wholly dependent on oil revenues, which made up about 95 percent of its export earnings.
Cheaper oil tipped the economy into recession in and a full-blown crisis inwith GDP shrinking by almost 6 percent and inflation exploding.
And because Venezuela had neglected to diversify its economy, the country was out of options.
Crude production in the Orinoco actually grew during the first half of this decade, and even now production declines have been modest. But even the superheavy fields are struggling to keep production levels close to steady.
That forces the state energy company to spend much-needed cash importing light oil. Venezuela also imports gasoline — which it gives away to consumers for a paltry 4 cents a gallon.
And it loses money when purchasers reject its cargoes of crude oil for their poor quality, an increasingly common problem. Among other things, this massive shortfall has made it increasingly difficult for PDVSA to pay service companies such as Halliburton and Schlumberger, which help it drill for oil.
The oil ministry now is reportedly bracing for a further fall during the rest of this year, to as low as 1. The only way Venezuela, which is broke and stripped of talent, can possibly fix its oil industry today is by relying more on foreign companies. In April, for example, government agents arrested two Chevron executives who reportedly refused to cooperate in overbilling for oil supplies.
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