- Nigeria’s Crude Oil Production Rises by 280,700 bpd
Nigeria’s crude oil production has increased by 280, 700 barrels per day (bpd) from the 1.104 million bpd recorded in August to 1.385 million bpd in September.
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which made this known in its monthly oil market report released on Wednesday without giving further details, said crude oil production averaged 33.39 mbpd in September, an increase of 0.22 mbpd over the previous month.
Specifically, the cartel disclosed that crude oil output increased mostly from Iraq, Nigeria and Libya, while production in Saudi Arabia showed the largest drop.
It said that demand for OPEC crude in 2016 is estimated to stand at 31.8 mbpd, an increase of 1.8 mbpd over last year.
OPEC stated that in 2017, demand for OPEC crude is forecast at 32.6 mbpd, a rise of 0.8 mbpd over the current year.
The cartel added: “World oil demand growth in 2016 was adjusted marginally higher by 10 tbpd, to account for upward revisions in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Europe, Asia Pacific and Other Asia outpacing downward revisions in OECD America, Latin America and the Middle East.
“As a result, 2016 world oil demand growth currently stands at 1.24 mbpd, leading to total global consumption of 94.40 mbpd.
In 2017, world oil demand growth was kept relatively unchanged from last month’s MOMR at 1.15mbpd with total global consumption assumed at 95.56 mbpd.”
It disclosed that world liquids supply in September 2016 increased by 1.46 mbpd m-o-m to average 96.4 mbpd, and grew by 0.95 mbpd compared to a year ago.
According to OPEC, the share of OPEC in the monthly increase was only 15 per cent, while non-OPEC producers, including OPEC Natural Gas Liquefied (NGLs), added 1.24 mbpd.
This, it said, was due to some non-OPEC supply outages in second quarter coming back on stream, such as oil sands production that was shut down due to wildfires in Canada, a lower decline in the US following a rise in rig counts and well completion and the end of seasonal maintenance.
It added that non-OPEC oil supply in 2016 is estimated to see a contraction of 0.68 mbpd, a downward revision of 70 tbpd, to now average 56.30 mbpd.
“This was due to the downward adjustment of 135 tbpd in second quarter of 2016, mainly in Canada, Russia and the US, as well as an upward revision of 60 tbpd to the 2015 baseline, mainly coming from the US. In contrast, non-OPEC oil supply growth in 2017 was revised up by 40 tb/d to average 0.24 mbpd from the previous assessment, to settle at an average of 56.54 mbpd, mainly due to new projects coming on stream in Russia.
“OPEC NGL production in 2016 and 2017 is forecast to grow by 0.16 mbpd and 0.15 mb/d, respectively, to average 6.29 mbpd and 6.43 mbpd. In September 2016, OPEC production increased by 0.22 mbpd to average 33.39 mbpd,” it added.
Nigeria-South Africa Trade Hits $2.9bn
The volume of trade between Nigeria and South Africa hit $2.9 billion last year with expectation of it rising further with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.
Nigeria’s Consul General, Malik Abdul, in a statement noted that Nigeria accounts for 64 per cent of South Africa’s trade in West Africa and is one of his country’s top three sources of crude oil.
He further added that in 2020, South Africa imported R35 billion ($2.48 billion) worth of goods, predominantly crude oil from Nigeria and exported R6 billion ($425milion) to Nigeria.
He stated: “South Africa is currently among the top 10 per cent of investors in Nigeria, globally and Nigeria is South Africa’s 10th biggest export market in Africa and thirty-second globally. Nigeria accounts for 64 per cent of South Africa’s trade with West Africa and is one of South Africa’s top three sources of crude oil.
“Also, Nigeria in 2020 was South Africa’s top import market in Africa and sixth globally, after China, Germany, USA, India and Saudi Arabia. Over the past year, South Africa imported $2.48 billion worth of goods predominantly crude oil from Nigeria and exported $425 million worth to Nigeria.”
Also, the consulate said his embassy issued a total of 10,341 passports to Nigerian citizens in South Africa between March 2020 and May 2021.
The consul general further said the Mission had 404 unclaimed passports, and advised all those whose passports were processed and pending from August 2020 to come for collection.
Abdul added that the consulate was working to clear all COVID-19 lockdown backlog of applications, urging members of the public to exercise patience while the mission was resolving the backlogs.
On the re-introduction of administrative fees and charges for lost passports, Abdul said that the step was taken to harmonise and standardise consular services following approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja.
The Mission had increased the fees for lost passports from R1,500 to R2,000, and admin charges of R120 for data capturing.
“On this issue, the Mission could not unilaterally impose any charges without headquarters’ approval or consent.
“The admin fees of R120 pertains to all services rendered by the two Missions,” he said.
According to the Nigerian envoy, the decision was taken to remove disparities in all consular services, noting that visa fees have also been harmonised.
On penalty for lost passports, Abdul disclosed that 484 Nigerian passports were reported missing at the mission between August 2020 and May 2021 with request for re-issue.
Abdul said it was discovered that there were criminal undertones and immigration rules infractions associated with the ‘so-called’ lost passport declarations.
“In line with practice in other Missions, there was a need to impose fines to deter people from engaging in such infractions.
“At such an astronomical rate of loss declarations, the option will be to refer such losses to Nigeria for processing.
“This will save the booklet for genuine requests of re-issue and thereby reducing the backlog and pressure on the Mission,” the envoy said.
Abdul disclosed that the consulate had received a directive to embargo processing of lost passports pending further instructions from the headquarters.
The consul general then accused some Nigerian groups in South Africa of, “peddling lies and outright falsehoods” against the Mission and his person.
“These disgruntled elements have gone ahead to incite fellow Nigerians with intent to sabotage the Mission.
“Moreover, a lie and falsehoods often repeated amounts to a propaganda which can be misinterpreted by the gullible and undiscerning as truth,” he said.
NNPC Engages Gas Producers to Improve Power Supply
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has started engaging gas producers across the country in an effort to boost gas supply to power generation companies (Gencos) and subsequently improve electricity supply.
Mr. Yusuf Usman, the Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, NNPC, disclosed this in Lagos during his tour of Egbin Power Plc facility on Monday.
Usman, who responded to concerns raised by the Chairman of Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Temitope Shonubi, said the company’s concern on gas supply and transmission restrictions had been noted, adding that the corporation would support it to ensure constant power supply.
“I have listened to all the concerns you raised. An area of concern to me is when you talked about the gas constraints. We are going to support you to make sure that the power supply is steady. We are having a session with gas suppliers in this regard.
“I am aware that works are ongoing in this regard to ensure that all the power we generate is safely evacuated,” Usman said.
Usman, however, said he was impressed by the level of progress being recorded by Egbin, noting that the effort of the company’s management to effect turnaround maintenance at the company through overhaul of the entire system, was commendable.
Usman added: “The visit has been an eye opener for me. We have seen turbines that have been running for over 40 years. We have seen efforts being made by Egbin management to effect a turnaround at the plant through overhaul of the entire system.
“We have also seen the support you have been given to the youths through employment and capacity development opportunities.”
Shonubi, in his remarks, said Egbin Power was planning to increase power generation by 1,900 megawatt.
Shonubi said: “Egbin has 1,320MW capacity. As at the time we took over, the plant was generating 300MW which is abysmal 22 per cent. As at today, our generation capacity has surged and we do 89 per cent.
“We have reached the highest peak of 970MW and we are working hard to ensure sustainability of this feat.
“The 970MW we hit is the highest recorded this year and based on our core value of sustainability, we are working round the clock to make sure that we sustain the gains, which we have made.”
Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Moderates to 17.93 Percent in May
Inflation in Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, moderated from 18.12 percent year-on-year in April to 17.93 percent year-on-year in May, according to the latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
On a monthly basis, headline inflation grew by 1.01 percent in May. Representing an increase of 0.04 percent when compared to 0.97 percent filed in April.
Core inflation, which excludes the prices of volatile agricultural
produce stood at 13.15 percent in May 2021, up by 0.41 percent when compared with 12.74 percent recorded in April 2021.
On month-on-month basis, the core sub-index increased by 1.24 percent in May 2021. This was up by 0.25 percent when compared with 0.99 percent recorded in April 2021.
The highest increases were recorded in prices of Pharmaceutical products, Garments, Shoes and other footwear, Hairdressing salons and personal grooming establishments, Furniture and furnishing, Carpet and other floor covering, Motor cars, Hospital services, Fuels and lubricants for personal transport equipments, Cleaning, repair and hire of clothing, Other services in respect of personal transport equipments, Gas, Household textile and Non durable household goods.
The average 12-month annual rate of change of the index was 11.50 percent for the twelve-month period ending May 2021; this is 0.25 percent points higher than 11.25 percent recorded in April 2021.
Food index rose by 22.28 percent in the month of May 2021, up by 0.06 percent points from 0.99 percent recorded in April 2021.
The average annual rate of change of the Food sub-index for the twelve-month period ending May 2021 over the previous twelve-month average was 19.18 percent, 0.60 percent points from the average annual rate of change recorded in April 2021 (18.58) percent.
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