Obsolete Facilities Pushed Down Nigeria’s July Oil Production

Obsolete Facilities Pushed Down Nigeria’s July Oil Production

OrganiSation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has said that Nigeria’s crude oil production dropped by 150, 000 barrels per day (bpd) in July.

An OPEC data indicated that the country’s production was said to have crashed after a disruption on the Trans Niger pipeline.

However, confirming disruption of production, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr.IbeKachikwu, said the challenge is due to ageing facilities.

“We continue to have challenges, some of our pipelines are old, so these are basically technical. They are not militancy-induced stoppages, but they are basically maintenance-induced stoppages,” he said.

According to OPEC, the disruption in Nigeria’s July production figures, caused crude oil price to rise above $50p/b in the month.

Kachikwu said the Nigeria’s oil production was slightly below 1.8b/d in July, adding that condensates accounted for an extra 450, 000b/d to the country’s output in July.

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