In a recent report released by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Nigeria’s crude oil production, both blended and unblended, along with condensate output, reached a peak of 1.572 million barrels per day in the month of September. This surge in production represents the highest level attained so far this year, indicating a promising uptick in the country’s oil sector.
The data furnished by the upstream regulatory authority unveiled an impressive 11.4 percent increase in oil production compared to the preceding month of August when Nigeria produced 1.41 million barrels per day. On an average scale for September, the nation’s crude oil production stabilized at 1.35 million barrels per day. Additionally, the report noted that blended condensate contributed 50,732 barrels per day, while unblended condensate added 175,022 barrels per day to the overall output.
For clarity, crude oil is a naturally occurring liquid extracted from subterranean reservoirs, while blended condensate results from the combination of natural gas liquids. On the other hand, unblended condensate remains in its pure form after separation from raw natural gas, without undergoing any further mixing or processing.
This remarkable surge in oil production has drawn the attention of industry experts, including Etulan Adu, an experienced oil and gas production engineer. Adu credited the positive trend to ongoing efforts by various stakeholders in Nigeria’s oil industry, including regulatory bodies, government security agencies, and private security firms, who have been working tirelessly to combat pipeline vandalism and oil theft. These collective efforts have contributed significantly to the improved oil production figures when compared to previous years.
Adu further underscored the potential for Nigeria to meet its current Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) production quota. He highlighted the importance of maintaining the current drive and closing any existing loopholes in the industry. While the government had set a target of reaching 1.8 million barrels per day, Adu emphasized that achieving this goal would require the right actions and investments to enhance the entire pipeline infrastructure and upstream activities.
In light of these recent developments, Nigeria’s oil sector seems poised for continued growth and stability, provided that the nation can sustain its efforts to ensure the security of its pipelines and curb illegal oil activities. The record-breaking September production figures are a testament to the positive impact of these ongoing initiatives and underscore the potential for Nigeria to play an even more significant role in the global oil market.