30 August 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja — Efforts by the Federal Government to improve the fortunes of indigenous oil firms are yet to yield any meaningful result, as independent and marginal oil fields companies, accounted for 5.55 percent of Nigeria’s total crude oil and condensates production over a period of four months, from January to April 2017.
Data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) latest Monthly Financial and Operations Report, showed that in the four-month period, independents and marginal fields companies produced 11.723 million barrels of crude oil and condensates, representing 5.55 per cent of total production of 211.22 million barrel produced by all oil companies in the period.
Giving a breakdown of the output on a monthly basis, the NNPC report pointed that in January and February 2017, 2.771 million barrels and 2.739 million barrels of crude oil and condensates were recorded, representing 4.9 per cent and 5.4 percent respectively.
While the report noted that 3.229 million barrels and 2.984 million barrels of crude oil and condensates, representing 6.5 per cent and 5.5 percent of total production were recorded in March and April 2017 respectively.
In general, the report disclosed that total crude oil and condensates production of 56.95 million barrels, 50.9 million barrels, 49.57 million barrels and 53.8 million barrels were recorded in January, February, March and April respectively.
Also, the report noted that the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) accounted for 2.12 percent of total crude oil and condensate production over the four-month period under review, with 4.482 million barrels of crude oil.
Specifically, the report explained that NPDC, a subsidiary of the NNPC, recorded 1.18 million barrels of crude oil and condensates production, representing 2.07 percent of total production in January 2017; in February, NPDC produced 1.123 million barrels of crude oil and condensates, representing 2.21 per cent of total production.
In March and April, NPDC recorded 1.095 million and 1.084 million barrels, representing 2.21 percent and 2.01 percent of total crude oil and condensates production respectively.
The NNPC had set a 10-year timeframe for indigenous oil and gas companies operating in the country to increase their production from 10 per cent to 50 per cent of national production.
Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, said this becomes necessary following the need for the indigenous firms to increase their footprint in the upstream sub-sector as was the case in the downstream.
He had also stated that the NNPC was looking forward to a time when about 90 per cent of upstream operations in the country would be controlled by the indigenous producers.
Baru had disclosed that the NNPC is passionate about collaborating with the indigenous producers in order to grow their capacity and participation in the exploration and production sub-sector in line with government’s local content policy.
Furthermore, Baru advised members of the Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG) to participate in the forthcoming bid round for about 30 marginal oil fields which would soon be flagged off by the Federal Government.
Baru noted that there were numerous opportunities in the marginal fields which would soon be available, while he urged the IPPG to work hand-in-hand with the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to ensure that they met the conditions that would be required from bidders.