Venezuela signs oil deal with China

Venezuela seeks to break dependence on US exports in deal with China.

    China had given its approval to $6bn investment fund, for work in Venezuela [GETTY/GALLO]

    China is the world's second biggest oil consumer.
    Venezuela says it pumps about 3.3 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) although analysts say the figure is about 2.7 million.
    It is the fifth-largest oil exporter to the United States.


    Big business


    Last year, the Opec nation sold only 150,000 bpd of crude to China.


    Chavez has said Venezuela is looking to ship one million bpd there by 2012.


    China is also planning to develop the heavy crude of Venezuela's Orinoco Belt and work jointly with Venezuela on building refineries and tankers.


    Venezuela is forging oil co-operation with countries such as Iran, China and Russia while stripping US corporations such as Conoco Phillips, Chevron and Exxon Mobil of their majority stakes in Venezuelan projects.


    Chavez said China had given its approval to a $6bn fund for development work in Venezuela.


    China will supply $4bn with Venezuela contributing the remaining $2bn.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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