Orimulsion — the mix of water, chemicals and tar-like crude that can be burned in power plants — is back in the news, since Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles has mentioned its possible revival under his possible administration. (Here’s a story on the topic from El Nacional.)
One person who has studied this topic more than just about anyone is Juan Carlos Boué. Boué worked for years as an outside consultant to the Chávez administration’s oil ministry in its various names. He writes:
While you were in Venezuela, you must have heard about a business called Orimulsion, which everybody there claimed was the biggest thing since sliced bread. I wrote an immensely detailed forensic report about it, which was published through Le Monde Diplomatique Venezuela, but has had an extremely restricted distribution… If you are daunted by the size and specialised nature of the text, you can skip straight to the appendix, where details on prices and other commercial conditions (previously confidential) are given regarding all the Orimulsion contracts that were signed throughout this product’s mercifully brief life. Surprisingly, the Venezuelan political opposition is talking about resuscitating this Venezuelan invention, which brings to mind that saying about the post-Revolutionary Bourbon kings in France having forgotten nothing and learned nothing.
I am honoured that he sent the book over here for free distribution. And here it is:
Síndrome Orimulsión 2012. Yes, it’s a 470-page, highly technical treatise in Spanish. And yes, if you want to debate this stuff, you should be able to read it.
Regardless of your thoughts and feelings about Orimulsion, this book looks useful. Enjoy. Many thanks to Boué for distributing it here.