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The Presidents Of OPEC's 2 Latin American Countries Are Very Worried

The Presidents Of OPEC's 2 Latin American Countries Are Very Worried

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With the oil price fall down again, OPEC's two Latin American members are not doing well at all.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that he is seeking a deal with OPEC and Russia to stabilize oil prices, as Venezuela's oil export basket is set to drop to USD30 each barrel or less. And Ecuador President Rafael Correa revealed Tuesday that the country has become the first member of the 12-member group that is producing at a loss.

Maduro: Another Call For OPEC-Russia Alliance

"We're moving to see if an OPEC-Russia alliance can achieve the miracle of stabilizing prices," Maduro said.

enter image description hereVenezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

"Venezuelan oil dropped USD2 today. It reached USD35...I think it's going to reach USD30 or drop even further," he said during his weekly television .

Because of its higher content of heavy oil, the Latin American OPEC member's petroleum export basket, which includes crude oil and refined products, trades at a discount to other benchmarks.

Venezuela's oil prices averaged approximately USD88.42 in 2014. They have fallen precipitously over the past year, worsening an economy that is in free fall, marked by shortages of basic goods and services and rendering it likely that Maduro's Socialist Party will lose key upcoming parliamentary elections.

Correa: "A Very Difficult Year"

President Rafael Correa said that Ecuador is receiving as little as USD30 per barrel for its oil, while production costs average approximately USD39.

“We are going through a very difficult year economically because the price of oil collapsed,” Correa said in a speech Tuesday.

enter image description hereEcuador's President Rafael Correa

In terms of production, Ecuador is OPEC’s second-smallest member, with daily output of 538,000 barrels last month, according to report,  Ecudador’s main blend of crude, Oriente, sold for USD36.32 on Wednesday versus USD43.21 for Brent crude, which is a higher-quality crude.

According to the EIA, Ecuador suffers from “operating difficulties at existing, mature oil fields.”

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