OPEC slashes Nigeria’s oil production quota to 1.68m bpd

Nigeria is expected to cut its crude oil production by 3.04 per cent to 1.685 million barrels per day for the first half of next year, as part of efforts by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries to reduce oversupply.

OPEC and 10 non-OPEC countries agreed earlier this month to cut oil production by 1.2 million bpd effective from January for an initial period of six months to shore up what many expect to be weakening market fundamentals ahead. Nigeria, which was exempted from the previous cuts since January 2017, was asked to join the deal during the OPEC meeting on December 7 in Vienna.

With a reference level of 1.738 million bpd, Nigeria’s oil production is to be cut by 53,000 barrels to arrive at the new quota of 1.685 million bpd, according to a breakdown of member quotas under OPEC’s supply accord obtained by S&P Global Platts on Thursday. The document showed that OPEC would shoulder 812,000 bpd of these cuts, while the non-OPEC participants would cut 383,000 bpd.

Source: The Punch

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