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Nigeria Remains Africa’s Top Crude Oil Producer in March 2023

Nigeria is Africa’s top crude oil producer for March 2023, despite recording lower production during the month under review.

According to the Monthly Oil Market Report released earlier today by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Nigeria recorded a 1.2 million barrels per day production rate in March 2023.

OPEC said Nigeria had the highest crude production in the month under review, followed by Algeria which recorded 1 million barrels per day. Meanwhile, Angola recorded 972,000 barrels per day.

Previous data from the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) showed that Nigeria’s crude oil production for March was the lowest recorded since the start of the year 2023.

According to NUPRC data, Nigeria was only able to pump 1,268,202 barrels per day of crude oil. During the same period, the country produced 63,756 blended condensates and 185,469 unblended condensates, making a total of 1,517,426 for the period highlighted.

More OPEC insights

In the MOMR from OPEC, total OPEC-13 crude oil production averaged 28.80 million barrels per day in March 2023, lower by 86,000 barrels per day month-on-month. OPEC stated that crude oil output increased mainly in Saudi Arabia, while production in Angola, Iraq and Nigeria declined in March 2023.

The MOMR also stated that in the first quarter of 2023, world oil demand is estimated to have grown by a healthy 2.1 million barrels per day year-on-year on the back of a strong rebound in China’s oil demand, as well as solid oil demand data in other non-OECD regions, particularly the Middle East and Asia.

However, looking ahead, world oil demand is expected to grow by around 2.4 million barrels per day year-on-year in the second quarter of 2023, 2.5 million barrels per day year-on-year in the third quarter of 2023 and 2.3 million barrels per day year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The Nigerian situation

Despite pledges by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, the country has not been able to reach its OPEC quota of 1.8 million barrels per day or even its 2023 budget benchmark of 1.6 million barrels per day. This is because of certain challenges – lack of investments, economic, political and security risks, continuous crude production sabotage as well as the shift to renewable energy which has prompted many financial institutions and firms to abandon fossil fuel projects.

Source: nairametrics

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