Dragon Dance: Game, Set and Match
Whilst T&T corporate media was force feeding us our daily dose of the victims of regime change and their registration in T&T developments in Russia concerning the Mariscal Sucre project was not reported in T&T. The Dragon gas field is part of the Mariscal Sucre project as are the blocks Patao and Mejillones with possibly much larger deposits of gas than Dragon. In 2009 the Russian state owned corporation Rosneft signed on to exploit Patao and Mejillones blocks and in spite of handing over USD 6,000 million to the Venezuelan government as advance payment for oil shipments, Rosneft has done nothing in both Mariscal Blocks. On 13 June 2019 Russia announced that President Putin had finally approved the Rosneft development plan for both offshore gas blocks apparently ending the stasis. The Russian report revealed that Rosneft under the Putin approved plan will have 100% control of both blocks and has the option to export 100% of the gas produced from both blocks. This means that PDVSA will not be involved in the development and exploitation of Patao and Mejillones as dominant shareholder will control in the hands of Rosneft and Russia. With development of both fields Trinidad and Tobago now has the option to purchase Patao and Mejillones gas especially for the petrochemical sector currently long suffering under gas curtailment since 2010. But can we purchase Venezuelan gas from Rosneft without incurring the wrath of Washington’s regime change agenda which survives even if Trump departs in 2020. But what of Dragon and Dragon gas? Dragon is part of PDVSA which is presently showing all the advanced signs of spreading rigor mortis where the only unit presently capable of raising oil production sustainably is Petrolero Sinovensa as the Chinese have now assumed control of daily management as they want their oil that they paid for with cash in advance. The Russians are applying the pressure as they also want their oil which they paid for in advance but PDVSA is in fact a basket case. Quite simply PDSA does not have the money or the wherewithal to launch and complete the Dragon gas pipeline and other works. Maduro has now to dance with Russia and China as they are his only strategic allies on the firing line putting out for him. T&T what have you done for me lately? So Rosneft develops the two blocks and Venezuela earns revenue as rentier state from the sale of gas whilst I keep my benefactor happy.
Russia applied the pressure with the clear intent to get what they wanted and apparently the terms and conditions of the development of Patao and Mejillones will establish Rosneft and Russia as an energy exporter in the Latin American underbelly of the USA. Russia is factoring its input of military expertise to the FANB at this juncture of the US regime change exercise for Venezuela to establish its operational presence in the Venezuelan energy sector as an exporter of Venezuelan energy. Putin’s announcement on the 13 June 2019 before Maduro’s trip to Moscow was strategically timed for maximum effect in the ongoing cold war with the USA.
The lesson for T&T out of this is that you cannot keep in good graces with the Washington regime change agenda whilst seeking favours from the target of regime change. You failed to erase the free entry of Venezuelans in a timely manner especially following the events of Maduro’s first election as president. Then the Dragon dance commenced and sucking up for a favour as the deliberate targeting of T&T as a human smuggling destination for Venezuelans was covered over with delusion and denial. This chronic delusion easily facilitated the emergence of a viable organised crime smuggling operation utilizing all the existing smuggling and landing routes. Now as the loads of smuggled humans continue to land on our shore in spite of the end of amnesty we get the news on the 14 June 2019 that Rosneft got what it always wanted from Maduro on the last day of registration of illicit Venezuelan migrants. We danced the Dragon dance and lost because in our delusion we refused to accept the reality that we were boxing way out of our weight class and we were played with nothing to show for it but migrants straining the very fabric of the living condition of the poorest sections of our national population. Maduro 2 T&T 0. And as we devote scarce resources to police the smuggling boats and the illicit migrants, gangland will fully exploit the spaces created with a national security apparatus stretched to the core. The lesson is there are few persons in life more afflicted with delusion as politicians and economic migrants as both believe only in manufactured reality so engrossed are they with “I.”