Venezuela Central Bank reserves up on PDVSA cash transfer
Venezuelan Reserves Jump
Source: Central Bank Data
Reserves neared a three-decade low
The money is a result of months of delayed payments to PDVSA for crude oil
Patricia Laya / Bloomberg
Petroleumworld 08 30 2019
Venezuela's Central Bank reported a $700 million increase in reserves coming from the state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
More than 80% of the money received by the central bank was in Chinese yuan, two people said. The money is a result of months of delayed payments to PDVSA for crude oil as both parties struggled to find a way to pay with existing U.S. sanctions, one of the people said. The jump recorded in official Central Bank data is the biggest for Venezuela's international reserves since April of last year, bringing reserves up to $8.8 billion.
PDVSA and central bank press officials didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
Reserves neared a three-decade low last month following months of ongoing gold sales. While U.S. sanctions have increasingly cut off Venezuela from the global financial system, Nicolas Maduro's regime has been selling gold to firms in places such as the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
— With assistance by Fabiola Zerpa
Story by Patricia Laya from Bloomberg.
bloomberg.com / 08 29 2019
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