Exclusive: Venezuela’s PDVSA misses debt payments to India’s top oil producer

Article originally appeared in ReutersNEW DELHI (Reuters) – Venezuelan state oil-firm PDVSA has not made debt payments to India’s top oil producer ONGC (ONGC.NS) for six months, and has previously used a Russian state-owned bank and another Indian energy company as intermediaries to make payments, two sources familiar with the transactions said on Wednesday.

ONGC Videsh, the overseas investment arm of ONGC, confirmed that PDVSA had fallen behind on the payments, but declined to give details on the delays.

“They have got certain challenges at this stage,” ONGC Videsh said in an emailed response to Reuters’ questions. “They have assured that they are working on it (payment of dues). In due course it will be settled and follow up steps will be undertaken.” …

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