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U.S. To Receive 3 Million Barrels Of Venezuelan Crude Oil In February

The United States is on track to receive nearly 3 million barrels of crude oil from Venezuela this month, according to shipping documents seen by Reuters.

Chevron is on track to ship 100,000 barrels of Venezuelan crude oil per day into the United States as part of a license it received from the U.S. Treasury Department that gives it a limited pass to move sanctioned oil, after a three-year ban.

Since obtaining its license, Chevron has exported Venezuelan crude oil for use in its Pascagoula, Mississippi, refinery, and has sold some to Phillips 66 and Valero Energy, shipping documents show—both in the United States.

Under Chevron’s limited authorization, profits from the sale of oil and petroleum products would go to paying down PDVSA’s debt to Chevron and not boosting state-run PDVSA’s profits.

 Venezuela’s heavy crude oil is prized by U.S. refiners, who, until recently, looked to Russia’s heavy crude to replace it. In December, it was reported that several refiners were hitting up Chevron to get their hands on the rare Venezuelan crude oil.

 While Chevron is the only oil company with approval from the U.S. to import crude oil from Venezuela, other oil and gas companies are looking for a similar authorization—including foreign oil and gas companies who are demanding fair treatment.

ConocoPhillips is also said to be looking into the possibility of selling Venezuelan crude oil in the United States as a way of offsetting some of the $10 billion it is owned by Venezuela. ConocoPhillips already has a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to negotiate a potential debt recovery with PDVSA.

Other companies, too, are looking to get back into the gain to negotiate debts with PDVSA, including Repsol and Eni.


By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on February 17 2023 said:
    The crude oil US oil supermajor Chevron is shipping to the United States isn’t in fact Venezuelan exports since Venezuela will never ship one barrel of its crude to the United States until the sanctions against it are lifted.

    These shipments are payments due to Chevron for which it has got a licence from the US Treasury Department to sell in the United States. Profits from the sale of oil and petroleum products would go to paying down PDVSA’s debt to Chevron and not benefiting Venezuela.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert
  • George Doolittle on February 17 2023 said:
    Long $cvx Chevron strong buy. Not sure who can refine such a massive quantity of product but certainly great news for Venezuela which needs the US who doesn't these days so very true.

    Long $tsla strong buy as well.
    90% unemployment rate in the USA as a *"war winner!"* I don't see how that gets votes but if you vote for me I will *ABSOLUTELY* eliminate the Internal Revenue Service.


    The money Americans pay in taxes is *THEIR MONEY NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S* sad to see this has to be said tho very true as stated here. Chevron has *EARNED* their earnings...as has apparently so too Venezuela now as well.

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