Statistics show production dropped during the last quarter of 2017 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, while sales prices increased slightly.
24 February 2018, Yaounde —An extra FCFA 60.171 billion from the proceeds of oil and gas sale was transferred into the public treasury in the last quarter of 2017 when compared to the same fourth quarter in 2016, recent statistics made public by the National Hydrocarbons Corporation (SNH) has shown.
In the fourth quarter of 2017, the sales of hydrocarbons by SNH entailed the transfer of FCFA 113.265 billion to the State after deduction of production expenses.
The amount stood at FCFA 53.265 billion during the same quarter in 2016, while production moved from 7.709 million barrels (bls) of oil / 3.515 billion Standard Cubic Foot (SCF) of gas in 2016 to 6.559 million bls of oil / 3.393 billion SCF of gas in 2017.
Cumulatively, petroleum revenue transferred to the State in 2017 stood at FCFA 349.084 billion, up from FCFA 291.244 billion in 2016, but not more than the FCFA 378.536 billion in 2015.
Total production in 2017 carried out by the State and associates stood at 27.726 million bls for oil and 13.886 billion SCF of oil. Throughout the year, oil was sold at prices ranging from 52.347 US dollars per barrel to 61.073 US dollars per barrel, better than in 2016 when it was sold between 29.832 US dollars per barrel and 45.027 US dollars per barrel.
In 2017, major actors in the country’s oil and gas sector were SNH, ADDAX, Perenco Cameroon, Gaz du Cameroun and Perenco RDR, while the Kribi Power Development Company bought a good quantity (10.591 billion SCF) of gas produced in Cameroon.
Rio Del Rey, Dissoni, Lokele, Iroko, Moudi, Ebome, Sanaga Sud, Logbaba, and Mvia are cited in the report as some of the places where operations took place. Cameroon Tribune gathered that as of January 1, 2018, the mining domain, which covers an area of 31,839.82 km2, comprises seven exclusive research permits and/or authorisations 19 exclusive mining concessions and/or authorisations, two blocks under negotiation, and eight free blocks.
*Amindeh Blaise Atabong – Cameroun Tribune