Nigeria Regains Position as Africa’s Primary Crude Oil Producer, According to OPEC’s Latest Data

According to the latest report from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Nigeria has reclaimed its status as the leading crude oil producer in Africa for the month of May 2023.

This development highlights Nigeria’s significant role in the oil industry and its ability to maintain its position as a major player within the African continent.

Nigeria produced 1.184 million barrels of crude oil per day during the month, according to direct communication data provided by OPEC.

In comparison, Libya produced 1.158 million barrels per day, Angola produced 1.111 million barrels per day, and Algeria produced 962,000 barrels per day.

The OPEC report also highlighted Nigeria’s economic growth, stating that the country’s economy expanded by 2.4 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2023.

However, the report attributed the slow growth to various factors, including a decline in crude oil output.

It should be noted that in April 2023, Nigeria experienced its first decline in crude oil production, with OPEC reporting a daily output of 999,000 barrels. In addition to declining oil production, Nigeria’s economy is facing challenges such as high inflation, import restrictions, and subdued business activity and consumer spending.

Inflation data for April 2023 showed an annual rate of 22.2%, indicating an ongoing acceleration compared to 22% in March 2023. These factors, along with a slowdown in the services, manufacturing, and farming industries, contribute to the economic burden faced by Nigeria.

Meanwhile, data from the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has shown that the country produced 1.4 million barrels per day of crude oil in May 2023.

According to the Commission’s recently released crude oil production data, Nigeria produced 1,427,616 barrels of crude oil per day.

The addition of condensates makes up the value of 1.4 million barrels per day. Recall that during a June 1 interview, Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, said that when it comes to crude oil production, condensates are just as important as crude oil and should also be classified as liquids, adding up to the country’s overall production output.

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