Nigerian Oil Independents Fared Well in Output Despite COVID-19

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A report has said that there was no slow-down in oil production on the facilities operated by over 20 based in April 2020, even as fall in demand remained the status quo and oil cargoes were chasing buyers.

The report by Oil + Gas Report yesterday said Seplat produced over 60,000Barrels of oil per day (operated) on the last two days of that month, in its western Niger Delta assets a figure it hadn’t reached for several months before then.

It also stated that NPDC’s JV with Shoreline Natural Resources and Neconde, the two other high volume, indigenous producers in the region, averaged gross output of about 40,000BOPD each. NPDC/Elcrest and NPDC/First grossed 26,000BOPD and 11,000BOPD respectively in the month.

“We had to keep producing”, the Oil + Gas Report quoted a chief executive officer of one of the companies, “even as the commodity was selling $9 or less per barrel.”

For the NPDC/ Shoreline JV, which normally averages over 60,000BPD, the lower figure was due outages caused by “forceful shutdown by host community interference in Olomoro, Oweh, Uzere and Oroni flowstations”, the field notes show.

The report further stated some of the companies had hedged against fluctuations in oil, but these times are unusual: prices had crashed down to earth. Even so, “ oil produced today may not be sold until June, when prices may have moved up”, another CEO says, in justifying why production was continuing in frenzy.

Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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