Nigeria Loses 14.94mbpd Worth N703.96bn in 3months – OPEC
Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has said that Nigeria’s oil production crashed by about 14.94mbpd in the second quarter of 2022.
In its latest Monthly Oil Market Report of the (OPEC) for June 2022, the cartel stated that Nigeria’s oil earnings plunged by about N703.76bn, being the worth of the 14. 94 million barrels of crude were lost during the review period.
In the first quarter of this year, Nigeria produced 1.299 million barrels of oil per day. But this dropped to 1.133 million barrels per day in the second quarter, OPEC said, indicating a plunge of 166,000 barrels per day.
Data obtained from the global statistical firm, Statistica, showed that the average prices of crude in April, May and June this year were $104.58/barrel, $113.34/barrel and $122.71/barrel respectively.
This implies that the average for the quarter under review is $113.54/barrel. Therefore by losing 14.94 million barrels in Q2, 2022, Nigeria’s oil earnings plunged by about $1.696bn (N703.96bn at the official exchange rate of N415/$).
Group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Mele Kyari, revealed that the decline in the funding of oil investments had virtually led to a halt in the drilling of crude oil by operators in the sector except for the national oil firm.
He said that though there were other concerns in the oil sector, the issue with reduced funding had really impacted severely on the sector. “Nigeria should be the number one producer of oil, but today we have our challenges, which have been highlighted over and over.
“Yes, there are engagements going on and the support that we are getting from government security agencies and the leadership that the Minister of State is giving us to make sure we address this issue around security.
“But that is not only the problem we have. We have seen a clear natural decline that is happening in our industry today and this is real. And when such decline comes and you are not able to put money to put it back, no one is drilling today except NNPC by the way, and a few others.
“So if you don’t drill and decline continues, then you are not only going to see the effect of theft and other vandal actions that we are seeing today, you are also going to see the collateral effect of lack of investments,” the NNPC boss said.