In addition, Venezuela surpassed large proven reserves of oil exporters like Saudi Arabia (264,516,000 barrels), Iran (151,170 million barrels) and Iraq (143 100 million barrels).
Oil expert explains David Paravisini, certification of reserves in Venezuela went through several processes since 1960, the date when you created the Corporación Venezolana de Petroleo (CVP), until the arrival of Hugo Chávez to the presidency of the Republic.
According to PDVSA figures, the original oil in place (OOIP) quantified in the Orinoco Oil Belt, reaching a volume of 1.3 billion barrels of which the country reported only 40 billion barrels and proven reserves, which representing only 3%.
Venezuela has 89% of oil reserves in the region.
OPEC’s report indicates that Latin America has 334.881 million barrels of oil in proven reserves of oil, which Venezuela has 296.501 million barrels, representing 89% of the total.
Venezuelan oil increases have helped OPEC to reach a greater number and now has 81.5% of global oil reserves.
Brazil is the second nation in Latin America with proven reserves of 12.857 million barrels, followed by Mexico, which has 11.692 million barrels, and Ecuador with 7.206 million barrels.
The group’s report of oil exporting countries also shows that the only country with a comprehensive policy of expansion of proven reserves is Venezuela, as other countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, among others, maintain a minimum variation of reserves in 2006 to today.
OPEC accounts for a total certified reserves in the world of 1,467,012 million barrels.