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Angola overtakes Nigeria in crude oil production


Angola is now the number one oil producing nation in Africa, taking over the position from Nigeria.

In its latest monthly report, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said Nigeria’s oil production fell by 67,000 barrels per day (bpd) in March.

The report said Nigeria produced 1.677 million bpd in March, down from 1.744 million barrels in February, while Angola oil output rose from 1.767 million bpd to 1.782 million.

This is the second time in four months that Angola would overtake Nigeria’s crude oil production.

In November, OPEC’s statistics showed that Nigeria’s production fell by 250,000, making it produce 1.607 million bpd, down from 1.812 million bpd in October.

While Angola produced 1.722 million bpd, compared to 1.607 million bpd the previous month.

Pipeline vandalism has been the major challenge in Nigeria’s oil production.

In February, saboteurs hit the pipeline feeding Forcados crude oil, one of Nigeria’s biggest export terminals.

Forcados, which has the capacity to export about 400,000 bpd, was scheduled to export some 249,000 barrels of oil per day in February and March.

The pipeline was shut as a result of the attack. Quoting sources, Reuters said repair work on the facility operated by Shell will not end until June.

On Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari warned vandals blowing up oil and gas installations to desist immediately or face the same drastic action being taken against Boko Haram. (TheCable)
Angola overtakes Nigeria in crude oil production Angola overtakes Nigeria in crude oil production Reviewed by Emeka Oparah on Friday, April 15, 2016 Rating: 5

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