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Crude Oil Theft: Nigeria Drops To 7th On OPEC Production List

Nigeria now ranks seventh on Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ crude oil production list, according to the organisation’s Monthly Oil Market Report for November, which examined oil production performance in October.

Nigeria’s output was a mere 1.014 million barrels per day in October, ranking seventh after Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq, Angola and Algeria.

While Nigeria’s production was 1. 014mb/d in October, Angola produced 1. 051mb/d;  Algeria, 1.060mb/d; Kuwait 2.811mb/d; UAE, 3.188mb/d;  Iraq, 4.651mb/d; and Saudi Arabia, 10. 957mb/d.

While Venezuela’s production was 711b/d, Equatorial Guinea’s was 57b/d. The likes of Gabon, Libya and Iran did not produce a barrel in the month.

Nigeria used to rank fifth, with countries such as Angola and Algeria behind it in terms of crude oil production.

West Africa’s largest economy has been through a rough path as its crude oil production is bedevilled by theft and pipeline vandalism.

A recent report by The PUNCH revealed how the country lost N415bn to the shutdown of nine crude oil terminals within the space of two months.

The affected terminals, Forcados, Qua Ibo, Bonny, Bonga, Voho, Erha, Brass, Ukpokiti and Aje were shut down between May and June 2022.

Crude oil losses recorded as a result of the shut-in include 258,000 from Forcados  between June 24 and 30; 1,470mb from Qua Iboe from June 15-30;  3, 545mb from Bonny from June 1-30; and 558,000b from Bonga between June 15 and 30.

According to him, beyond technology, Nigeria needed to identify the challenges, find the origin of the problem and deal with it.”

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