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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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20 Jun 2018

PDVSA's exports sink in June amid seizures, shipping backlog - data

HOUSTON Venezuelan PDVSA's oil exports fell 32 percent in the first half of June compared with May, according to internal trade reports from the state-run company, as deepening output declines and seizures of some Caribbean assets disrupted crude and fuel shipments.

18 Jun 2018

Curacao refinery runs slow as PDVSA port backlog starts to ease

The 335,000-barrel-per-day Isla refinery operated by Venezuela's state-run PDVSA in Curacao is working at minimum capacity while awaiting new crude shipments and as a tanker backlog in the country's ports began to ease, four sources close to the facility told Reuters on Monday.

14 Jun 2018

Exclusive - Venezuela eyes first-ever refining of foreign oil: documents

HOUSTON Venezuela is considering producing fuels from foreign crude oil for the first time, according to planning documents seen by Reuters, as the country struggles to meet its obligations despite having the world's largest crude reserves.

12 Jun 2018

Venezuela oil upgraders halting operations amid export crisis: sources

CARACAS/HOUSTON Venezuela's state-run PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and partners have halted operations at two upgraders that convert extra-heavy oil into exportable crude and plan to stop work at two others, according to six sources close to the projects, a move aimed at easing the strains from a tanker backlog that is delaying shipments.

11 Jun 2018

Citgo seeks crude as supplies from Venezuela dry up - trade, data

HOUSTON The U.S. unit of Venezuela's state-run oil producer PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] is increasing purchases of crude on the open market because it cannot get sufficient deliveries from its struggling parent company, traders said on Monday.

17 Jun 2018

Chevron names Brazil chief to lead Venezuela operations after arrests

(This version of the June 8 story corrects fourth paragraph to show La Rosa previously served as commercial manager in Venezuela, not country manager)

17 Jun 2018

CORRECTED-Chevron moves Brazil chief to lead Venezuela ops after arrests -sources

RIO DE JANEIRO/HOUSTON, June 8 U.S. oil producer Chevron Corp permanently assigned its Brazil country chief to run its Venezuelan operations, three sources said this week, after the months-long detention of two executives escalated tensions between the OPEC-member nation and foreign oil firms.

08 Jun 2018

Venezuela's PDVSA transfers oil at sea despite customer qualms

HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela Venezuela has begun testing seaborne oil transfers to ease a severe backlog of crude deliveries from its main terminals, according to sources and data, as chronic delays and production declines could temporarily halt state-run PDVSA's supply contracts if they are not cleared soon.

07 Jun 2018

Venezuela frees Chevron executives held since April

CARACAS/HOUSTON Venezuela has released two local executives of U.S. oil major Chevron Corp jailed since mid-April during a corruption probe in the oil sector, authorities and the company said on Wednesday.

06 Jun 2018

Venezuela's PDVSA raises prospect of force majeure on oil exports - sources

HOUSTON/CARACAS OPEC member Venezuela has raised the prospect of declaring force majeure on contracts with major crude buyers amid plummeting output from its oil fields and tanker bottlenecks at ports, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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