Chevron Ordered to ‘Wind Down’ Venezuela Operations

Chevron has been purchased by the Trump administration to wind down its enterprise functions in Venezuela by December 1 as the U.S. seeks to ramp up pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Chevron was the previous major U.S. oil company functioning in Venezuela. It has been functioning underneath a special license that exempted it from sanctions on the country’s oil sector, but it was set to expire Wednesday.

Chevron is also barred from drilling or exporting oil in the meantime. U.S. crude oil futures fell into negative territory for the initially time in historical past on Monday.

The get, by the U.S. Treasury Office, also addresses oilfield provider corporations Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Schlumberger, and Weatherford International.

“Chevron will go on to comply with applicable guidelines and restrictions in relation to the activities that it is licensed to undertake in Venezuela,” a Chevron spokesperson mentioned. “We stay committed to the integrity of our joint undertaking assets, the protection and wellbeing of our employees and their family members, and the company’s social and humanitarian plans in the course of these demanding occasions.”

Chevron has been functioning in Venezuela considering that 1921 and employees about eight,000 folks in the country. It holds stakes in four oil and fuel joint ventures with Venezuelan condition-operate oil company PDVSA, having said that previous month it canceled provider contracts and procurement processes at two of the joint ventures.

Chevron has argued that if it departs the industry, Russian and Chinese corporations will fill the void in the country, which sits atop the largest oil reserves in the globe.

“Venezuela has been a ineffective appendage of Chevron’s asset foundation for many several years for the reason that of the disaster there,” Raymond James analyst Paul Molchanov mentioned.

Chevron manufactured about 35,000 barrels of oil in Venezuela for each working day in 2019, a fraction of its total world oil creation. It mentioned it will nonetheless be authorized to carry out “limited maintenance” of essential operations” in the country.

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