28 June 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has announced that the country’s oil production has risen to about 1.9 million barrels per day, b/d, from 1.6 million b/d, due to repairs and more than a week having passed since a major pipeline attack in the Niger Delta region.
Militants in the region who say they want a greater share of Nigeria’s oil wealth to go to the impoverished Delta region have carried out a spate of attacks on pipelines in the last few months.
Nigeria was Africa’s top oil producer until the attacks pushed it behind Angola, as production fell from 2.2 million b/d at the start of the year. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said in early June that output had fallen to around 1.6 million b/d.
But according to the NNPC spokesman, Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad, oil production had risen to around 1.9 million b/d since last week.
“Production has increased because we are making repairs to damaged pipelines and installations. And we have not had any major attacks in recent times,” he said.
The Niger Delta Avengers, the group that has claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks on oil and gas installations last said it blew up a pipeline on June 16.
Last week, petroleum ministry officials said the government had agreed to a one-month ceasefire with militants, but the Avengers said they had not agreed to a truce.
Muhammad also said Kachikwu was in China for a roadshow, which began on Sunday, aimed at raising around $50 billion of investment for Nigeria’s oil industry.