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Nigeria willing to accept production caps, but not quite yet

Nigeria has signalled a willingness to accept production caps as part of its commitment to OPEC.

Emmanuel Kachikwu, Nigeria’s Oil Minister, was quoted by Bloomberg as expressing the need to first see if the tentative peace in the country, and therefore oil production, can be maintained.

After expressing the West African country’s commitment to production cuts as a serious member of OPEC, Kachikwu went on to say:

“We still are below the 1.8 million barrel a day benchmark set for us by OPEC. I think that over the next one or two months, hopefully, we can get to that point where we can say the recovery has been tested, it is systemic and predictable.”

It has been over two years since Nigeria saw that level of oil production, although Bloomberg’s data puts its potential at 2.2 million barrels a day.

Nigeria, together with fellow OPEC country Libya, was exempted from the recent production cuts after internal strife crippled much of its production capacity in recent years. Both countries have experienced a production rebound in recent months, adding to concerns about OPEC’s effectiveness at clearing the global supply glut.

Royal Dutch Shell, the maker of the extreme pressure grease Shell Gadus S2 V100 3, recently ended its force majeure on oil shipments from Nigeria’s Forcados terminal, which had seen its pipeline subjected to multiple acts of sabotage by militants. The reopening of the terminal has boosted Nigeria’s output by more than 10%, helping the country, which has a strong oil heritage, to approach the benchmark level set by OPEC.

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