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Your Weekly Update: 7 - 11 January 2019


  • At some point in 2019, crude production in Venezuela will dip below the 1 mmb/d level.
  • PDVSA – once an oil industry crown jewel – has been hammered, from its cargoes being seized by ConocoPhillips for debts owed to the loss of the Curacao refinery and its prized Citgo refineries in the US.
  • But what is pain for Venezuela is gain for OPEC; the slack that its declining volumes provides makes it easier to maintain aggregate supply levels aimed at shoring up global oil prices.


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