Nigeria will make cuts to its crude oil output to comply with OPEC output targets, Mele Kolo Kyari of the Nigerian National Petroleum Co. (NNPC) said on Oct. 1.
Nigeria’s September crude oil and condensate output was 2.1-2.2 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d), the director of its state oil company said on Oct. 1.
“We will [cut] across the assets. The OPEC quota [is] on crude production only, not on condensate, so it doesn’t affect the condensate,” he told reporters at a conference in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
“Our non-conformity is clearly on the crude, and it’s not significant so when you spread it across all the assets it will not be a shock.”
Kyari added that Nigeria hoped to raise oil production to about 3 MMbbl/d in the next two to three years.
The 14-nation OPEC agreed in December with non-OPEC partners including Russia to reduce supply by 1.2 MMbbl/d from the start of this year.
OPEC’s share of the cut is 800,000 bbl/d, to be delivered by 11 members, with exemptions for Iran, Libya and Venezuela.
According to a Reuters survey published on Sept. 30, Nigeria had pumped beyond its quota by 265,000 bbl/d in September, more than any other OPEC state.
Iraq, Congo, Ecuador and Gabon had also over-produced but by much smaller margins, the survey found.
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The NNPC was exploring the possibility of ADNOC investing in mid-stream pipelines and refineries in Nigeria, Kyari said.
“We are talking to [Aramco Trading]. ... We are looking at all opportunities and they are quite keen to supply gasoline to West Africa,” he added.
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