The UK firm has completed drilling at its Zama-1 well in Mexico, confirming a previous estimate of 1Bb of oil reserves.
Pre-salt fields delivered 1.353Mb/d of crude oil in June, while other offshore areas contributed 1.322Mb/d, according to official figures published on Monday.
State defense council accepts local oil engineers association's request.
Selling a stake in the company's construction arm is also being assessed.
The Treasury Department froze all assets of President Maduro subject to US jurisdiction and prohibits citizens from dealing with him.
Unable to pay its main services providers on time, Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA will be forced to offer them more attractive contractual terms and negotiating power, an expert told BNamericas.