Presiden Venezuela Hugo Chavez menawarkan jaminan untuk perusahaan-perusahaan minyak internasional setelah Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) milik negara menandatangani perjanjian dengan dua konsorsium untuk mengembangkan lahan minyak di Orinoco belt negara tersebut.

Penulis : Eric Watkins

“They say there’s no type of judicial security here in Venezuela, and stuff like this, but it’s not true,” said Chavez, as he addressed senior executives from Chevron Corp., Repsol YPF SA, and other firms involved in the auction.

“You have all the guarantees for your investments, your profits, and the capital that you want to repatriate,” said Chavez, who added that his country has too much oil for them to ignore. “You need to be here.”

Underlining his country’s importance, Chavez cited a recent US Geological Survey report stating that the Orinoco belt holds 513 billion bbl of recoverable heavy crude. In its report, USGS established a range of recoverable oil of 380-652 billion bbl and determined a mean estimate of 513 billion bbl.