Coronavirus: 50 Nigerian crude oil cargoes stranded in market, says NNPC

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Nigeria has about 50 cargoes of crude oil that have not found a landing and this implies that there are no off-takers for them for now due to the drop in demand, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation declared on Wednesday.

It also stated that over 12 liquefied natural gas cargoes were stranded in the global market, a development that had never happened before.

The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari, who disclosed this at a round table discussion in Abuja further stated that for Nigeria to become competitive in the global crude oil market it must strive to reduce its cost of producing crude oil.

He said that in the face of the Coronavirus global pandemic, countries like Saudi Arabia had given a discount of $8 and Iraq gave $5 to their off-takers in some locations.

He said NNPC was strategically putting in place measures that would alleviate the cost of crude oil production in Nigeria.

The corporation’s boss said a reduced cost of production would create a market for Nigeria’s crude and make Nigeria a choice destination for foreign direct investment.

Kyari stated that at the moment the cost of crude oil production in the country was within the range of $15 to $17 per barrel.

He noted that for leaders in the industry, such as Saudi Arabia, the cost of production was between $4 and $5 per barrel.

Kyari explained that due to the uncertainties of the global crude oil market, countries that produced at the cheapest price would remain in the market, while jurisdictions with a high cost of crude oil production would not be able to cope with the competing prices.

Kyari called on government at all levels, captains of industries and the organised private sector to brace for the new low regime of global crude oil prices, adding that realistic estimates must be made to reflect the current realities of the crude oil market. Punch

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