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Federal Republic of Nigeria’s oil output drops 13.3% to 1.3 mbpd

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By Udeme Akpan

THE Organisation of Exporting , OPEC, has put Republic of Nigeria’s oil in 1.3 million barrels per day, bpd, in 2022.

This showed a decrease of 13.3 percent compared to 1.5 million bpd in the corresponding period of 2021.

Despite the low output, Federal Republic of Nigeria remains the highest producer in Africa, while Equatorial Guinea is the least with 94,000 bpd, according to the May 2022 Monthly Oil Market Report, MOMR, of OPEC obtained by Vanguard, yesterday.

However, the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s figure excluded condensate, which the has the capacity to produce between 300,000 and 400,000 bpd, but it is not clear if the actual output matches the capacity as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, does not give regular on the product line.

OPEC expects Federal Republic of Nigeria to produce 1.773 million bpd in June 2022, as part of targeted in achieving market stability.

But in an with Vanguard, the Chairman of International Energy , Dr. Diran Fawibe, said Federal Republic of Nigeria might not be able to meet the target.

He said: “The market might to record increased instability as Federal Republic of Nigeria will not be able to meet its quota, apparently because of increased vandalism, oil and illegal refining in the Niger Delta.

“Overtime, the oil and gas have not been investing much, partly because of the delay associated with the passage of the nation’s Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, which has now become an Act. Consequently, a lot of investments went to other nations, leading to the low production capacity of the country.

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“The nation’s ageing facilities also affected the industry. Unlike in the past when Federal Republic of Nigeria was able to increase production to OPEC whenever other nations had problems, Federal Republic of Nigeria cannot do so in this , we still struggles to produce about 1.2 mbpd as against 1.7mbpd. It is only when we add condensate that is when our production capacity can average in 1.4mbpd.

“It is a crisis for us as a nation, it just perturbing that we have allowed this to get to this point. A substantial volume of Nigerian crude is been stolen and shipped out of the country.

“We are of the recent incident in the Niger Delta which led to the death of over 100 persons. So pathetic that Nigerian security agencies have not been able to curb this menace. We have a major crisis here. There is a big conspiracy going on there.”

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