Uche Usim, Abuja
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Monday announced a trading surplus of N18.12 billion for May 2018. The figure is higher than the trading surplus of N17.16 billion recorded in April.
Details of the transactions contained in the recently released May 2018 edition of the monthly NNPC Financial and Operations Reports also indicated that the additional monthly trading surplus of N0.96 billion was mainly due to increased performance of some of the Corporation’s subsidiaries namely, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC) and Marine Logistics.
During the period under review, the NNPC group performance was mainly impacted by NPDC’s activities, which recorded a favourable variance of N18.22 billion due to increase in revenue with attendant decline in expenses.
This resulted in N20.93 billion net increase in the upstream gas and power surplus.
Overall, the report indicated that the increase in performance was bolstered by the relatively high production volumes of 1.97 million barrels per day in April 2018, which was sold in May 2018 thereby reducing cost per unit.
Under the national crude oil and natural gas production, lifting and utilisation segment, the report noted that 58.96 million barrels of crude oil and condensate were produced in April 2018 representing an average daily production of 1.97 million barrels. This represents 1.02 per cent increase compared to the preceding month. A breakdown of the production figures indicated that Joint Ventures (JV) and Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) contributed about 32.82 per cent and 41.77 per cent respectively, while Alternative Financing (AF), NPDC and
Independents accounted for 14.68 per cent, 7.65 per cent and 3.08 per cent respectively.
It was also indicated that the NPDC’s cumulative production from all fields within the period amounted to 47,759,229 barrels of crude oil which translated to an average daily production of 120,909 barrels per day.
In terms of national gas production, the 34th NNPC Financial and Operations Report highlighted that 231.59 billion cubic feet (bcf) of natural gas was produced in May 2018, translating to an average daily production of 7,785.01 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d).
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In the downstream sub-sector, NNPC continued to ensure increased petrol supply and effective distribution across the country. In May 2018, 1.19 billion litres of petrol were supplied by NNPC, translating to 40.59mn litres/day to sustain seamless distribution of petroleum products, which resulted to zero fuel queue across the nation.
In the month under review, the corporation continued to monitor petrol evacuation figures from depots across the nation and engaged, where necessary, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and other stakeholders through existing Joint Monitoring Team.