The Federal Government, on Monday, said it would continue to work hard to meet its Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries crude oil production quota of 1.8 million barrels per day by the end of May 2023.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, disclosed this a day after OPEC agreed to maintain its production cut among member countries to maintain market stability.
Sylva said the Federal Government would continue to improve security along the tracks of the major crude oil pipelines and block every leakage through which oil was stolen by thieves and pipeline vandals.
He said the inability of Nigeria to meet the current OPEC quota was not due to lack of production capacity on the part of crude oil producers, “but because a lot of producers decided not to inject into the pipelines as they were losing a lot of their productions when they inject into the pipelines.”
A statement by the minister’s Senior Adviser Media and Communications, Horatius Egua, further quoted Sylva as saying, “Once we are able to build enough confidence in the security of the pipelines, they (producers) will then be able to inject into the pipelines once again.
“And once that happens, we will be able to meet up with our OPEC quotas. That is where we are going and the early signals are there that we are making very good progress.”
The minister noted that with the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries, as well as the planned repair of the Kaduna refinery, and the coming onstream of the Dangote Refinery, Nigeria was sure of guaranteed crude oil production that would ease the incessant fuel crisis faced across the country.