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IPFS News Link • Venezuela

Venezuelans revamp cars to run on cooking gas amid fuel shortages

• by Mariela Nava

Venezuela, an OPEC member that sits atop the world's largest crude reserves, is suffering the worst gasoline shortages in its modern history due to a near-complete collapse of its refineries combined with U.S. sanctions that make it difficult to import fuel.

Mechanics and in some cases drivers themselves revamp vehicle fuel systems with a propane cylinder of the sort used for kitchen stoves, to avoid service station lines that sometimes leave people waiting for days to buy gasoline.

"There's no fuel in Venezuela and I had to set my car up like this to be able to work and bring home my daily bread," said Senen Aguirre, 25, in the city of Maracaibo.