Chavez pleased with Russian energy deal after international trip

Jun 02, 2001 02:00 AM

Upon returning to Venezuela after three weeks abroad, President Hugo Chavez said that "From the point of view of achievements... this has been the most important trip," pointing to a 10-year energy deal signed with Russia.
Chavez visited seven countries in 21 days before a brief stopover in the US on CITGO-PdVSA's Texas, refinery.
During the brief tour of the Citgo-owned 150,000 bpd refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas morning, before arriving to Venezuela, Chavez said that the world's fifth largest oil exporter was always ready to help the US confront its energy crisis.

Chavez added that he discussed with Citgo management plans to expand capacity at Citgo's largest refinery, the 320,000 bpd Lake Charles, Louisiana, plant, by 100,000 bpd. He also talked about PdVSA's ability to guarantee supply of crude oil and products and a new gas plan.
Chavez lambasted opposition groups for trying to unsettle this poverty-stricken nation during his long absence. "They tried to start labour strikes, they tried a censure vote... they are desperate," said Chavez. "I hope we have a serious opposition in Venezuela someday." He accused the media of speculating, and appealed to publishers and journalists to show "responsibility." Chavez's 22-day absence was marked by labour strikes in both the public and private sectors, a series of street protests staged by opposition parties and rumours that a military coup was stirring.

Source: Petroleumworld
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