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Nigeria Joins OPEC On 9.7m Barrel Cut, As Mexico Bows To US Pressure

BY DAYO ADESULU

Nigeria and Mexico have joined the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries  (OPEC)+ counterparts to bring into effect the agreement to cut 9.7 Million Barrels of supply.

Chief Timipre Sylva, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, who disclosed this in a statement, said the development followed the alignment of Mexico.

He added that the ” intervention of the United States of America resulted in Mexico agreeing to a cut of 100 KBOPD and to be complemented by an additional 300 KBOPD by US Producers.”

Sylva said this will enable the rebalancing of the oil markets and the expected rebound of prices by $15 per barrel in the short term.

According to him, it also promises an appropriate balancing of Nigeria’s 2020 budget that has been rebased at $30 per barrel.

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He said: “As agreed, Nigeria will join OPEC+ to cut supply by 9.7 Million Barrels per day between May and June 2020, Eight (8) Million Barrels per day between July and December 2020 and Six (6) Million barrels per day from January 2021 to April 2022, respectively.

“Based on reference production of Nigeria of October 2018 of 1.829 Million Barrels per day of dry crude oil, Nigeria will now be producing 1.412 Million Barrels per day, 1.495 Million Barrels per day and 1.579 Million Barrels per day respectively for the corresponding periods in the agreement.  This is in addition to condensate production of between 360-460 KBOPD of which are exempt from OPEC curtailment.”

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