Petrol Crisis in Venezuela

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Venezuela has been having shortages in many aspects. For the past five years, basic needs like water, medicine, electricity, and food have been scarce. Hyperinflation exacerbates the situation. This results in difficulties and almost the unfeasibility to provide for a family with an average income. Some might say that Venezuela has at least one resource that they don’t lack – petrol. However, that isn’t the truth anymore either.

Petrol did use to be one of the most affordable and abundant things in the country. It was so cheap that literally, anyone can afford it. However, now, it seems that even that has become a problem. Millions of Venezuelans have a problem filling in their cars with fuel. Aragua, in particular, had a queue as a high number of car owners lined up for hours just to get their cars pumped with fuel. One of the car owners, Leonardo Lopez, said that the day before, he had also been out and in line for four hours, but unfortunately did not get a single drop of fuel despite waiting for an extremely long time. He also showed that he and his friends have a group chat wherein they can inform one another of which station still provided fuel should any of them comes across one.

Experiencing even more scarcity than Aragua are the states of Carabobo and Zulia. This is despite Zulia being Venezuela’s oil capital. People there line up for days – not hours – to gas up their cars. State Governor Laidy Gomez called the shortages a collective catastrophe. She twitted on Saturday that the losses were immeasurable to the sector of agriculture and that crimes arose from problems in assembling health emergencies. Meanwhile, the governor of Carabobo, Rafael Lacava, asked motorists to keep calm and to not let what they see or hear from the media make them anxious.

One oil industry expert, Alfredo Quiroz, said that while their maximum capacity was 1.3 million barrels a day, they were only able to refine 260,000 of barrels. He emphasized that this was incredibly insufficient for the five million vehicles currently in Venezuela.

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