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Cable en el que un empleado de Repsol informa sobre la actividad de la empresa en Cuba y Venezuela

El informante de Repsol asegura a la embajada que la petrolera ha cancelado planes de perforación en Cuba por problemas técnicos y que la política de nacionalización del sector petrolero le ha generado dificultades a la hora de conseguir el material necesario

ID: 219641
Date: 2009-08-05 18:08:00
Origin: 09CARACAS1017
Source: Embassy Caracas
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
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C O N F I D E N T I A L CARACAS 001017

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ENERGY FOR ALOCKWOOD AND LEINSTEIN, DOE/EIA FOR MCLINE
HQ SOUTHCOM ALSO FOR POLAD
TREASURY FOR MKACZMAREK
COMMERCE FOR 4332/MAC/WH/JLAO
NSC FOR RKING

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/04/2019
TAGS: EPET, EINV, ENRG, ECON, CU, VE
SUBJECT: VENEZUELA: REPSOL EMPLOYEE COMMENTS ON DRILLING
OFFSHORE CUBA/VENEZUELA

REF: A. (A) 05 CARACAS 2807
B. (B) CARACAS 239
C. (C) CARACAS 853

Classified By: Economic Counselor Darnall Steuart, for reasons
1.4 (b) and (d).

1. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXXX , Repsol
XXXXXXXXXXXXX well told Petroleum Attache on August
2 that Repsol had cancelled plans to drill in Cuba, as it had
been unable to secure an offshore drill rig with less than
fifteen percent U.S. content.

2. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXXX added that the Spanish oil company has
experienced several challenges over the last month in its
Urdaneta drill program. XXXXXXXXXXXXX shared that PDVSA recently
seized vessels in the Gulf of Venezuela owned by Venezuelan
launch company Terminales Maracaibo that had been servicing
the off-shore rig. The service company has the contract to
provide Chevron, Repsol, and Teikoku with launch services in
the Gulf to transport crew and supplies to the rig.
Terminales Maracaibo continued to operate vessels not
expropriated in May 2009 until PDVSA recently expanded the
scope of the expropriation beyond assets physically located
on Lake Maracaibo. XXXXXXXXXXXXX indicated that Repsol has not
been able to find a replacement launch company (as there are
few private launch companies left in Venezuela) and is
increasingly reliant on PDVSA to provide launch services to
maintain its drilling program.

3. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXXX also noted that during the first week of
drilling, the rig was shut down for 36 hours due to a
shortage of diesel fuel. The rig temporarily shut down again
the weekend of August 1 due to another fuel shortage.
Problems within PDVSA's domestic fuel distribution system are
driving this problem. (NOTE: The GBRV nationalized the
downstream oil sector, including tanker trucks and gas
stations in September 2008, and has slowly integrated private
tanker trucks into its fleet.) XXXXXXXXXXXXX shared that Repsol
had been unable to lease some specialized drill tools from
Schlumberger as it had exported them out of Venezuela and was
not willing to bring them back. XXXXXXXXXXXXX stated that Repsol
had also encountered some technical difficulties with the
drilling program (NFI). Based on current progress, XXXXXXXXXXXXX
believes Repsol will complete its exploratory well within the
next four to six weeks.

4. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXXX noted that Japan's Teikoku has offered jobs to
Repsol's entire senior drilling team, asking them to transfer
with the drill rig from Repsol. Teikoku has drill engineers
preparing its exploratory well in the Moruy II block, but has
not put into place a management team to execute the program
(e.g. project supervisor, operations manager, drill rig
supervisor, etc.).

5. (C) COMMENT: Repsol's problems in securing launch vessels
and diesel fuel underscore some of the unintended
consequences of GBRV nationalizations of downstream
operations and the oil services sector. Its inability to
secure specialized drill tools from Schlumberger confirms
reports that companies are quietly removing capital equipment
from Venezuela. END COMMENT.

DUDDY