The deputy to the National Assembly (NA), Elias Matta, president of the Energy and Petroleum Commission denounced the illegal business that Nicolas Maduro’s regime carries out with the transfer of gasoline from Iran to Venezuela.
“Before, in Venezuela, we produced all the gasoline we could consume and even had for export. The country was capable of refining 1,300,000 barrels a day. That is to say, what comes in those 5 tankers that have taken approximately 20 days to arrive, we could have produced if we kept the refineries, but they dedicated themselves to destroying everything, the five PDVSA refineries, among them the one at the Paraguana refinery center with a capacity of 940,000 barrels per day, becoming one of the largest refineries in the world, and today it has become a shame”, the parliamentarian demanded.
Matta explained that according to the announcement by the usurper regime, the transaction with the Iranian government was $45,000,000 for a total of 1,500,000 barrels of fuel, which would translate into more than $400 million due to the corruption behind the illegal sale at excessive costs at the service stations and outside them (black market).
“One barrel is equivalent to 159 litres. At the price that the national guards are charging at the pumps, $2 per liter, we would be talking about $477,000,000, from which subtracting the amount of the transaction would give a total profit of $432,000,000,” said Congressman Matta.
He assured that this would be the only interest of Nicolás Maduro and his accomplices, who since 2014 started importing gasoline to get rich at the expense of PDVSA and the Venezuelans.
“Since 2014 they started with that racket of importing gasoline because it was a business for them. They bought gasoline abroad and thus obtained dollars, they did not realize that at some point they would lack the money, as is the case today. The fact that there is no gasoline in Venezuela is not because of the sanctions, it is because they destroyed PDVSA and they thought they would always have money. These irregular dealings came and this led to the sanctions, they are the only ones responsible for the fact that there is no gasoline in Venezuela,” he emphasized.
He insisted on the need for a national emergency government to solve the gasoline crisis in the first 100 days. “We could be producing that gasoline in Venezuela, selling it at a reasonable price to the inhabitants, this has become a karma and currently they are selling it at almost 4 times the international price. There is no point in importing gasoline from Iran because these irresponsible people led us to disaster,” he said.