OPEC+approves 1.826mb/d quota for Nigeria - THE NATION
• Raises output despite rising fuel prices
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the non-member OPEC+ (a grouping of OPEC plus allied producers, including Russia, has approved a daily oil output 648, 000 barrels per day for the month of August. This was its position after its virtual meeting, yesterday.
The slight increase in output is an indication that the body is sticking to a plan of moderate increase notwithstanding numerous calls to increase output as a way of suppressing the rising price of the commodity.
But, experts are concerned that given the inability of countries to meet their allotted production quota, such increase may not really count.
For sometime now, many countries like Angola, Nigeria and Libya in particular, have been unable to meet their output targets due to a lack of production capacities. Recall that in June, OPEC+ had announced it would increase its output during the summer, with monthly output for both July and August to surpass June’s by more than 200,000 barrels.
Meanwhile, Russian oil production continues to run at a high level. The Russian’s oil production has so far not suffered as significantly as many initially assumed, but it is still well below what it produced before its invasion of Ukraine- a move that has drawn global condemnation.
While the EU is planning to largely end Russian oil imports by the end of the year, countries like China and India have dramatically increased imports of Russian oil, which Moscow is selling with a discount of 25 to 30 per cent compared to the price of North Sea Brent.
At the meeting, the cartel also approved a production quota of 1.826million barrels per day for Nigeria in August 2022, representing an increase of 2,700b/d over what was approved for the country in June and July which stood at 1.772mb/d and 1.799mb/d respectively.In view of the current oil market fundamentals and the consensus on its outlook, the OPEC and participating Non-OPEC oil producing countries agreed to reaffirm the decision of the 10th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting on 12th April 2020 and further endorsed in subsequent meetings including the 19th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting on the 18th July 2021.