Italian oil and gas group Eni is monitoring the situation in Venezuela very carefully but its production in the country for now is unaffected, a spokesman said on Jan. 24.
“The situation in the fields is quiet and under control,” the spokesman said.
On Jan. 23 Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, winning the backing of the U.S. and many Latin American nations.
His move prompted socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the U.S.
OPEC oil producer Venezuela produced more than 2 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2017, but a deep economic and social crisis has seen output plummet as millions of people flee the country.
Foreign oil companies operating in the area have had problems with payments in oil from Venezuela.
State-controlled Eni, which has been in Venezuela since 1998, currently produces around 46,000 bbl/d.
It has a 50% stake in the giant Perla gas field, a 40% stake in the Junin 5 oilfield and owns 26% of the Corocoro oilfield.