Venezuela’s own PDVSA comes at number 3. This is quite a fall from the top post it held for several years.
Venezuela has 19 times more oil reserves than Brazil. In 1998, Venezuela’s oil production more than tripled Brazil’s. Fifteen years later, Brazil doubled its oil production, mostly from deepwater drilling and ultra-deepwater drilling (meaning –respectively- more and WAY more complicated and expensive drilling than our Faja). By 2013, PETROBRAS reports production levels a mere 900 thousand barrels per day below the reported production of PDVSA. And according to the ranking, PETROBRAS still managed to exceed PDVSA’s sales by US$ 13bln.
Venezuela has 26 times more oil reserves than Mexico. Since 1998, Mexico’s oil reserves have fallen by 49%, while Venezuela’s oil reserves grew 292%. In 1998, Mexico and Venezuela had a similar oil production of over 3.4 million barrels per day. Fifteen years later, both countries produce less oil – Mexico, because of aging oil wells, Venezuela, because Rafa. By 2013, PEMEX produced 300 thousand barrels of crude oil per day less than PDVSA. However, according to the ranking, PEMEX sales surpassed PDVSA’s by US$ 6.6bln.
For the country with the largest proven oil reserves in the world, facing no huge technological challenge to extract them, after 10 years of rising prices, with no expectations for prices to fall in the near future, and counting one hundred years of experience in the oil business: WE´RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG!
And kudos to Brazil and Mexico: not only do they have the top 2 companies in the ranking, but also have 64% of the companies in the ranking: Brazil has 201, and Mexico 118.
Venezuela only has 3, in case you were wondering.