NNPC nets N225.5bn from crude exports in 30 days
Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude exporter, has netted N225.583 billion ($626.62 million) from crude oil and gas exports in the 30 days of September. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), operator of the government’s stakes in the oil sector, which declared this in its latest report on Wednesday, also stated that its pipeline suffered a total of 125 vandalised points; out of which eight pipeline points failed to be welded and only one pipeline point was ruptured. Stating that a trading surplus of N9.85 billion was recorded in September, the corporation said that this was higher than the previous month’s deficit of N3.90 billion. Details of the report, which is contained in the newly released September 2018 edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report indicated that the improved performance of N13.75 billion increase, relative to that of August 2018, is attributable to higher revenue by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the corporation’s upstream subsidiary.
The NPDC’s production has been on the rise as a result of success recorded in repairs of vandalized pipeline in the Niger Delta and the resumption of crude oil lifting activities at Forcados Terminal. A total crude oil and gas export sale of $626.62 million, the corporation added, was made in September 2018 under the NNPC’s US dollar transactions, which is 33.32 per cent higher than the previous month, August.
It stated that crude oil export sales contributed $508.54 million, which is 81.16 per cent of the dollar transactions compared with $337.62 million contribution in the previous month. It also said that export gas sales amounted to $118.08 million in the month, adding that the September 2017 to September 2018 crude oil and gas transactions indicated that crude oil and gas worth $5.45 billion was exported. In the downstream sector, the report noted that during the period, NNPC continued to ensure increased petrol supply and effective distribution across the country, saying that during the month, 1.66 billion litres of petrol, translating to 55.50 million litres/day, were supplied by the corporation. It also stated that in the month under review, a total of 125 pipeline points were vandalized; out of which eight pipeline points failed to be welded and only one pipeline point was ruptured. The figure translates to a significant increase from the 86 vandalized points recorded last month.
A further breakdown of the September 2018 records indicates that Aba-Enugu and Mosimi-Ibadan accounted for 36 points and 33 points respectively or approximately 29 per cent or 26 per cent of the vandalized points respectively. While PHC-Aba and Zaria- Gusau accounted for 10 per cent each; Atlas Cove-Mosimi and other locations accounted for 14 per cent and 11 per cent of the pipeline breaks respectively. Regarding natural gas off-take, commercialization & utilization, the report indicated that out of the 238.91 billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas supplied in September 2018, a total of 142.09 bcf of gas was com-mercialized, comprising 30.36bcf and 111.73bcf for the domestic and export market respectively.
This translates to a total supply of 1,011.96mmscf/d of gas to the domestic market and 3,724.26mmscf/d of gas supplied to the export market for the month. This implies that 59.47 per cent of the average daily gas produced was commercialized while the balance of 40.53 per cent of gas was re-injected, used as upstream fuel gas or flared. The report gave gas flare rate for the month at 8.60 per cent i.e. 684.69mmscfd compared with average gas flare rate of 10.17 per cent, which is 800.59mmscfd for the period September 2017 to September 2018. The September 2018 NNPC Financial and Operations Report, Group General manager, Group Public Affairs division, Ndu Ughamadu said in a statement, is the 38th edition of the broadcast of the corporation’s books aimed at enhancing probity and transparency of the corporation.
Source: The New Telegraph