PDVSA to Invest USD 15.6 Billion in 2008
In 2008, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) will invest USD 15.6 billion in order to consolidate the Oil Sowing Plan and assure the achievement of production goals foreseen for the year 2012, PDVSA’s President and head of the Venezuelan Energy and Oil Minister, Rafael Ramírez announced.
He added that this amount will make it possible to step up Venezuela’s oil production to 5.8 million barrels in five years.
Ramírez made such announcements after President Chávez delivered his Statement in Address to the Nation before the National Assembly (Venezuela’s Congress) on Friday, when he referred to the most important political, social and economic events in 2007.
The Venezuelan energy and oil minister stressed that this figure represents a leap forward regarding the investments formerly made by PDVSA. Up to the year 2002, the company had invested no more than USD 3.3 billion in operations, an amount that has increased thanks to the implementation of the Oil Sowing Plan.
Ramírez pointed out that in the year 2006 PDVSA’s investment was USD 5.8 billion, and in the year 2007 it was USD 10 billion. Likewise, he highlighted the need of evaluating PDVSA’s processes by following the three Rs: “Revision, rectification and re-boosting the revolution,” an evaluation proposed by the Venezuelan president in order to face the challenges of this new year.
Bolivarian News Agency (ABN) / January 14, 2008