Angola Overtakes Nigeria as Africa’s Biggest Oil Producer After Worst Production Output in Months

Angola Overtakes Nigeria as Africa’s Biggest Oil Producer After Worst Production Output in Months

  • At a time oil price is trading above $120 per barrel, Nigeria has recorded a massive drop in production
  • The latest figure on Nigeria's oil output is the worst this year cutting the country off from expected gains at a time Europe is shopping for alternative
  • As a result of Nigeria's production troubles, Angola was able to surpass the country and become Africa's largest oil producer

Nigeria is no longer Africa’s top oil producer following an abysmal oil production output in May, the biggest decline among its peers at a time oil was trading at $121.33.

According to data obtained from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Nigeria’s oil production reduced by 195,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.02 million bpd in May 2022 from 1.22 million in April 2022, based on direct communication.

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Angola's oil production also dropped, but with 1.16 million barrels per day, it is still more than Nigeria and has now taken the status as Africa's largest producer of oil.

Nigeria oil production drops massively
Snapshot of OPEC member countries' oil production Credit: OPEC
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Part of the OPEC report reads:

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“Crude oil output increased mainly in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait, while production in Libya, Nigeria, Iraq, Gabon and Iran declined.
“Preliminary data indicates that global liquids production in May decreased by 0.15 million bpd to an average 98.75 million bpd compared to the previous month."

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Remittances to FG continues to decline

Meanwhile, reported that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has continued to deposit less amount of money to the federation account.

The NNPC remitted the sum of N10.54 billion to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) in November 2021 from the proceeds of sales of crude oil and gas in October.

It gave this account during a presentation to FAAC for the month of December 2021, obtained by


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