Aberdeenshire-based Eland Oil and Gas, a production, development and exploration company operating in west Africa, with a principal focus on Nigeria, said today it was benefiting from a share of 3,100 barrels of oil per day from the Opuama field. Total output from the Nigerian asset includes 1,395 barrels a day for Eland's joint-venture, Elcrest Exploration and Production.
Barclays energy analyst Miswin Mahesh sees a “huge risk” of oil production in Nigeria being disrupted by political instability arising from elections scheduled for March 28. The vote is set to be the most closely contested since the end of military rule in 1999.
Nigeria’s government revenue fell 15% in January as falling oil prices eroded the income of Africa’s biggest crude producer. Revenue fell to 416.1 billion naira ($2.1 billion) in January compared with 490 billion naira a month earlier, Accountant-General Jonah Otunla said. The volume of oil exports declined 33 percent in November and December, resulting in $159.88 million of lost revenue, Otunla said.
Economic growth in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, is projected to slow to 5.5% this year after oil prices plunged, the statistics office said. Gross domestic product growth is set to decelerate from an estimated 6.2% last year, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a report on its website. The economy is forecast to expand 5.8% in 2016 and 5.8% in 2017.
Oil major Shell has appointed a new managing director to lead its operations in Nigeria. Osagie Okunbor will lead the company's subsidiary after its current head, Mutiu Sunmonu, announced his retirement. Mr Okunbor has also been named the country chair of Shell companies in Nigeria.
Oil giant Total said it has completed the flare out of the Ofon field in Nigeria. The company said the associated gas is now being compressed, evacuated to shore and monetized via Nigeria LNG. The Ofon field is 65km from land and in water depths of 40 metres.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has agreed a £55million settlement with the Bodo community. Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary has made the payment in respect of two operational spills in 2008. The SPDC said the compensation will provide an individual payment for those affected who agree to the settlement payment totalling £35million.
Nigeria’s two oil unions are set to meet with government officials for talks today as an indefinite strike aimed at curbing local fuel supply and exports entered a third day in Africa’s biggest crude producer. The impact of the strike has been restricted to domestic fuel supply with oil lifting and export terminal operations unaffected at the moment, Francis Johnson, president of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, or Pengassan, said from Lagos, the commercial capital. Union leaders will hold talks with the authorities today in Abuja, the capital, he said.
Nigeria’s two oil unions began an indefinite strike that they say will curb exports from the West African nation responsible for pumping more than a quarter of the continent’s crude. “You will soon begin to see shutdowns of our oil flow,” Emmanuel Ojugbana, a spokesman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, said. Ohi Alegbe, an Abuja-based spokesman for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. and the Oil Ministry, declined to comment on exports. Any reduction in pumping would coincide with a collapse in the price of Nigeria’s biggest source of revenue.
Internationally based Sea Trucks has landed a contract for a development in Nigeria. The deal will see the offshore support firm provide subsea installation work in the Okwok Field.