Nigeria Plans 2.8MB/D Oil Output by 2019

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Yemisi Izuora

The federal government is working toward increasing crude oil output to 2.8 million barrels per day (mb/d) by 2019 and to 3 million b/d by 2020 from the current average of 2 million b/d.

The plan is contained in a short term policy document produced by the ministry of petroleum resources.

The target is anchored on reform in the Nigerian oil sector, the quick resolution of unrest in the Niger Delta and an inflow of foreign investment in the range of $100 billion, the ministry said in the document.

Gas output was targeted to surge to 10 Bcf/day by 2019 from the current 2.5 Bcf/d.

Nigeria’s oil production has stagnated for years due to a lack of investment and civil unrest in its main producing region, Niger Delta, where rebels have targeted oil facilities.

The oil ministry in the document said the government intends to completely overhaul the oil sector, from reviewing policies to introducing robust fiscal instruments and regulations that will attract “huge investment opportunities in infrastructure development.”

“This is expected to encourage an influx of potential investors into a portfolio of high-value projects of $100 billion with healthy and diversified returns,” the ministry said in the document.

The document noted resolution was in sight for the funding challenges facing Nigeria’s oil joint venture partnerships with foreign companies.

Minister of state on petroleum, lbe Kachikwu said last week that Nigeria had reached agreement with its foreign partners on a model to settle cash calls amounting to more than $7 billion and boost production.

Industry sources last week said that under the payment deal, Nigeria agreed that each company would have its debts paid from the additional crude oil produced above current levels from 2017.

Nigeria, through state oil firm NNPC, operates joint venture partnerships with Exxonmobil, Italy’s Eni, Chevron and France’s Total that account for about 90% of the country’s current crude output of around 2 million b/d.

Meanwhile, the self-styled Niger Delta Avengers, the group responsible for most of the attacks on oil facilities that have cut Nigeria’s output to an almost 30-year low, said Sunday it has resumed attacks on oil facilities after the government failed to withdraw troops from the Niger Delta since peace talks began two weeks ago.

“We see this as a deliberate move by the military establishment to undermine any effort of dialogue and negotiations,” the group said.

Militants have twice in two weeks bombed the Trans-Forcados pipeline, which transports the popular export grade Forcados, undermining hopes of Nigeria’s return to normal output of around 2.2 million b/d by year end

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