The president of the state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), Manuel Quevedo, reported today that two people died this morning when they were confronted by shots with military personnel guarding a gas distribution plant, which they intended to sabotage, in the center of the country.
"It was intended to sabotage the facilities of one of the filling plants of Pdvsa, the fuel filling plant of Yagua, Carabobo state (center-north), this plant supplies the entire central region of the country." The event could be frustrated "Quevedo said in a contact with public television VTV.
"The military personnel who were on duty were attacked with firearms, the aggression was repelled and unfortunately two citizens died, one of them fully identified (and) another (who) was undocumented," the Venezuelan Minister of Petroleum added. .
Quevedo said that the plant is operational and at full capacity, and that the distribution of gasoline in the central region of Venezuela will not be affected.
"We have enough fuel inventories and filling places are functioning normally," he insisted.
According to the official, groups that he did not mention are moving forward in a plan to sabotage the facilities of Pdvsa, the country's main industry, and from which Venezuela obtains 96% of its income.
In this regard, he noted that the Guatire gas and gas distribution plant, which serves the capital Caracas and its adjacent areas, "suffered in the past days" an act of sabotage, although sources within the state government said then to Efe that an accident with a pipe inside the facilities caused a fire.
That event, which occurred in mid-December, left several dead and wounded, but Venezuelan authorities did not provide details of the accident, which affected fuel distribution in Caracas.
In the past PDVSA, which is experiencing various problems including multiple corruption investigations and selective non-payment to some suppliers, has attributed the failures in the supply and shortage of gasoline to the financial sanctions of the United States.
Venezuela, the country with the largest proven oil reserves in the world, is going through a serious economic crisis translated into hyperinflation, shortages of food and medicines and currently crude oil production stands at 1,137 million barrels per day, according to data from the Organization of the Exporting Countries. of Oil (Opep).