Nigeria Regains Position As Africa’s Biggest Producer As Oil Production Rose To 1.28m BPD —OPEC

Posted on May 15, 2024

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says Nigeria’s average daily crude oil production rose to 1.28 million barrels per day (bpd) in April.

In its latest monthly oil market report released on Tuesday, OPEC said the production data was based on direct communication with Nigerian authorities.

OPEC receives data on crude oil production from two sources: direct communication — which is from member countries — and secondary communication, such as energy intelligence platforms.

According to the report, the current output signifies a 4.07 percent increase from the 1.23 million bpd recorded in March — also indicating the first month-on-month production growth in the year.

Accordingly, with the current volume of production, the oil-rich country regained its position as the biggest oil producer in Africa, with Algeria taking second position with 907,000 bpd output. 

Meanwhile, OPEC’s secondary sources put Nigeria’s crude production at 1.35 million bpd in April — a 3.15 percent fall from the 1.39 million bpd recorded in March.

Also, the global oil cartel said secondary sources disclosed “total OPEC-12 crude oil production averaged 26.58 mb/d in April 2024, 48 tb/d lower, m-o-m”.

“Crude oil output increased mainly in Congo and IR Iran, while production in Nigeria, Iraq and Venezuela decreased,” OPEC said.

“At the same time, total non-OPEC DoC crude oil production averaged 14.44 mb/d in April 2024, 198 tb/d lower, m-o-m. Crude oil output increased mainly in Bahrain, while production in Russia and Kazakhstan decreased.”

On May 8, Gbenga Komolafe, NUPRC’s chief executive officer (CEO), said Nigeria has 37.5 billion barrels of crude oil and condensate reserves as well as 209.26 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas reserves.

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