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Venezuelans Face Gasoline Shortages Amid Refinery Breakdowns

  • Drivers wait for hours in Caracas hoping to fill their tanks
  • Venezuela’s gasoline prices are among cheapest in the world

Cars, motorcycles and buses wrapped around Caracas’ gas stations earlier this week as oil production and refining becomes increasingly erratic in the former petro giant.

The fuel shortages have expanded across the country as Petroleos de Venezuela SA’s refineries run at the lowest rates seen this year amid a lack of crude oil and as Cardon, the country’s largest refinery, is still shut after an Oct. 15 blackout. In total, the state-run oil company’s five refineries are operating at less than a quarter of their capacity.