Between January and October, 2021, the Federal Government lost crude oil production valued at N1.474 trillion due to community interference and other challenges forcing oil terminals to shut down production 222 times within the period.
This means that Nigeria’s crude oil earnings were depleted by about N1.474 trillion between January and October last year, due to pipeline vandalism and other communities agitations.
According to data in the industry obtained from different reports of the Crude Oil Marketing Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, in January, February and March, the volumes of oil lost due to production shut-ins were 3,678,000; 4,105,000 and 3,142,000 respectively.
The losses posted in the months of April, May, June and July were 4,578,700; 4,187,500; 6,035,000 and 7,193,520 respectively.
It continued in August, September and October, as crude oil production losses due to shut-ins were put at 6,680,620; 6,362,700 and 4,824,946 respectively.
A summation of the crude oil volumes that were shut-in between January and October 2021 indicated that the country lost about 50.788 million barrels of oil during the 10-month period.
The 2021 average monthly prices of a barrel of Brent, the crude against which Nigeria’s oil is priced, were obtained from Statistica, a global statistical firm.
Figures from the international firm indicated that the average prices of Brent in January, February, March and April 2021 were $54.77, $62.28, $65.41 and $64.81 respectively.
In May, June, July and August 2021, the average prices were $68.53, $73.16, $75.17 and $70.71 per barrel respectively.
For the months of September and October, the average monthly prices of Brent per barrel were put at $74.49 and $83.54 respectively.
At the official exchange rate of N411.95 to the dollar, the worth of the crude volumes lost by the country in January, February, March and April were N82.98bn, N105.32 billion, N84.66 billion and N122.24 billion respectively.
For the months of May, June and July, the country’s oil earnings were depleted by N118.23 billion, N181.88 billiln and N222.76 billion respectively.
Also in August, September and October, Nigeria could not make N194.71billion, N195.246 billion and N166.05bn respectively from the sale of crude oil due to interferences in oil production at terminals.
The implication of this is that the value of the 50.788 million barrels of crude oil that was lost by Nigeria during the 10-month period was about N1.474 trillion, a development which, according to analysts, would have been avoided.
By: Corlins Walter
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