The 173rd meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) ended Friday in Vienna, Austria, and extended its current production agreement entered with participating non-OPEC oil producers for another nine months and the Declaration of Cooperation amended to take effect for the whole year of 2018 from January to December 2018.
The meeting also took note of Nigeria’s and Libya’s incremental production and noted their special circumstances while agreeing to maintain their exemption from the production quota.
Nigeria and Libya have committed to join the production reduction agreement once they are able to produce collectively a volume of 2.8 million barrels per day with Nigeria put at 1.8 million barrels per day and Libya 1 million barrels per day.
The Director of Press, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Idang Alibi, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
The conference, in taking the decision to roll over the current agreement, noted the positive indication of growth in the global GDP as well as the improved oil demand. It also cited the rising non-OPEC oil supplies and increasing OECD oil stock depletion as a clear pointer to global economic stability.
Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, at the conference, welcomed the outcome of the meeting and pledged Nigeria’s commitment to meeting its obligation towards producing 1.8 million barrels per day less Nigeria’s condensate output which is not counted in the OPEC quota calculation.
Minister Kachikwu said nonetheless, for Nigeria to benefit maximally from the current production exemption and to encourage and improve upstream investment, the need for the country to reduce its production cost per barrel is imperative.