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OPEC : Deteriorating Production Capacity Hampers Nigeria Oil Quota

Nigeria’s deteriorating production capacity and technical disruptions have led to the country’s crude oil production for last month August to slide by 90,000 per day to a five-year low of 1.43 million a day,

This fall in production capacity has further incapacitated Nigeria’s ability to meet OPEC quota despite the organization’s lifting output by 290,000 barrels a day.

It is said that the OPEC was actually pumping about 10 percent below its overall quota as some members “notably Angola and Nigeria suffer from production deficit.

This was disclosed in a report by Bloomberg on Thursday, revealing crude oil export data for the month of August.

OPEC’s 13 members averaged 27.11 million barrels a day in August, according to the report. Saudi Arabia increased by 200,000 barrels a day to 9.63 million, while Iraq ramped up by 110,000 a day to 4.08 million.

As regards Nigeria, the report said production dropped again in August by 90,000 barrels a day to a five-year low of 1.43 million a day.

OPEC members agreed this week to continue lifting production towards pre-pandemic levels.

Nigeria’s crude oil exports fell by a whopping 41.9% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021. This is according to data contained in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s balance of payment report.

OPEC had agreed to increase oil output by an initial 400,000 barrels per day. The decision increases Nigeria’s oil output from about 1.4 million barrels per day to 1.8 million barrels per day by April 2022.

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