Nigeria’s crude oil production averaged 1.45m bpd in September — OPEC

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…World demand to increase by 5.8 mb/d

The Organi sation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has said Nigeria’s crude oil production averaged 1.451 million barrels per day in September 2021.

OPEC made this known in its Oil Market Report for October 2021 made available to Nigerian NewsDirect on Wednesday in Lagos.

The report said the figure showed an increment of 156 barrels per day when compared to the 1.296 million barrels per day produced averagely in the month of August 2021.

It also noted that Nigeria’s non-oil economic activities grew despite the lingering effects of the current COVID-19 wave.

The report said, “The Stanbic IBTC Bank Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) edged up to 52.3 in September from 52.2 in August, remarking the 15th consecutive monthly expansion.

“Yet labour market pressures continued to be a concern.

“Recently released National Bureau of Statistics data indicated that the unemployment rate increased to 33.30 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020 from 27.10 per cent in the second quarter 2020.”

It said, however, both consumer and business confidence have increased, driven by the overall positive sentiments related to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and rising commodity prices.

Meanwhile, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has said world oil demand will increase by 5.8 million barrels per day in 2021.

OPEC made this known in its Oil Market Report for October 2021, a copy which was made available to Nigerian NewsDirect on Wednesday in Lagos.

The report said the world oil demand growth was revised down from 5.96 mb/d in September’s assessment.

It said the downward revision was mainly driven by lower-than-expected actual data for the first three quarters of this year.

“This is in spite healthy oil demand assumptions going into the final quarter of the year, which will be supported by seasonal uptick in petrochemical and heating fuel demand and the potential switch from natural gas to petroleum products due to high gas prices.

“Both Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and non-OECD figures are adjusted lower,” the report noted.

According to the report, the downward revision in OECD regions focused in first half of 2021, while the non-OECD revision is concentrated in third quarter 2021.

According to the report, the world is expected to consume 96.6 mb/d of petroleum products this year.

“For 2022, world oil demand growth is unchanged at 4.2 mb/d. As a result, global demand next year is seen averaging 100.8 mb/d.

“Demand is anticipated to be supported by healthy economic momentum in the main consuming countries and better management of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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