The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has confirmed that the country’s average crude oil production witnessed an increased output in February 2023 with the production of 1,306,304.3mbpd 
The increase in February reveals a 3.8% increase when compared with the figure recorded a month earlier, in January 2023, which stood at 1,258,150bpd.

The figures further showed that although the volume of crude oil produced during the period was 1,306,304 bpd, the total volume of production output was increased to 1,547,719bpd, when the blended condensates of 51,664bpd, and unblended condensates of 189,751bpd, were added.

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Observers say the increasing crude oil production in January and February comes as good news to the country’s oil sector as Nigeria has been trying to meet its OPEC quota in oil production for some months.

Nigeria’s production share by OPEC has been set at 1.8 millionbpd but the country has over time, fallen short of delivering this volume of production due to the myriad of challenges facing the oil sector.

After failing to meet this production target, Nigeria lost its place to Angola and Libya as Africa’s top crude oil producer for two consecutive months, a position it later regained in November 2022 when production increased.

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Between January and November 2022, Nigeria’s crude oil production shortfall was 6.9 million bpd.
The shortfall has been fingered on the activities of oil thieves and pipeline vandals. However, another update from the upstream regulator has linked some of the losses in the oil and gas sector to poor measurement systems.

by Ken Okoye

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