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Nigeria’s Crude Output Drops In March As Oil Price Reaches $87.92

Nigeria’s Crude Output Drops In March As Oil Price Reaches $87.92



Stephen U.C

Brent, the global benchmark for crude, has risen to $87.92 per barrel after the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reported a decrease in oil output due to Nigeria and Iraq’s reduction in crude oil exports in March.
A survey by Reuters showed that OPEC pumped less crude in March, reflecting lower exports from Iraq and Nigeria against a backdrop of ongoing voluntary supply cuts by some members who agreed with the wider OPEC+ alliance.

The biggest output reductions in March came from Iraq and Nigeria, the survey found.
Iraq last month promised to lower exports to make up for pumping above its OPEC target, a pledge that would cut shipments by 130,000 bpd from February.
Oil subsequently appreciated by $0.95 or 1.1 per cent on Monday, when compared to what it traded for the preceding day, following reduced supply by producers.

The OPEC pumped 26.42 million barrels per day last month, down by 50,000 bpd from February, the survey by Reuters, based on shipping data and information from industry sources, found.
Several members of OPEC+, which includes OPEC, Russia and other allies, made new cuts in January to counter economic weakness and increased supply outside the group.

Producers agreed last month to keep them in place until the end of June.
An OPEC+ panel of key Ministers is to meet on Wednesday to review the market and members’ production, and is not expected to recommend any policy changes ahead of the group’s next full meeting set for June 1.
The 50,000 bpd cut in March, according to the survey, leaves more to do in later months to meet the pledge.

Nigerian production also declined, with exports falling more sharply according to some ship trackers as the Dangote refinery took in more cargoes.
The OPEC fell about 190,000 bpd short of its targeted cuts in March, largely because of Iraq, Nigeria and Gabon pumping more than they had aimed for, the survey found.

Gulf producers Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates each kept output close to their voluntary targets, the survey found, as did Algeria.



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