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Venezuela secures loan from Russia’s Gazprom

First Posted: 5:52 am - June 26th, 2015

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First Posted: 11/28/2013

(AP) Venezuela’s state-run oil company has secured $1 billion in financing from Russia’s Gazprom to help the oil-dependent economy boost sagging output.


Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said the loan will help PDVSA reduce its debt load and speed up development of a joint project with Gazprom in western Zulia state.


Ramirez said another loan for $1.2 billion from Spain’s Repsol should be finalized next month. That would bring to nearly $10 billion the amount PDVSA has raised from its foreign oil partners this year.


While Venezuela sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves output has steadily declined in recent years as a result of mismanagement and underinvestment.


Associated Press

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