Venezuela's PDVSA says port activity 'absolutely normal'
CARACAS Nov 25 (Reuters) - Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA said on Wednesday exports and imports at its Caribbean ports and terminals were normal despite reports some shipowners and oil providers were refusing to unload cargo until payments were made.
According to sources and vessel tracking data, more than a dozen oil tankers were waiting this week to discharge at Venezuelan ports until payments were made due to the end of credit arrangements since the oil price fall.
But a PDVSA statement denied that, blasting "tendentious" media reports and quoting refining and trade vice president Jesus Luongo as "guaranteeing absolute normality in operations being carried out in its docks and terminals."
Just at port facilities serving the Orinoco crude belt, PDVSA handled an average 255 boats a month, Luongo said, of which just 16 were bringing products in for local oil output.
"Everything's carrying on normally, in agreement with our providers," Luongo added, saying three forms of payment were being used: open accounts, credit letters and pre-payment.
The company was buying an average 48,000 barrels of light crude each month to supply the Isla refinery in nearby Curacao island, he added.
(Reporting by Eyanir Chinea; Editing by Tom Brown)
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