The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says Nigeria lost about 22.658 million barrels of crude oil valued at N1.22tn in the first quarter of 2022.
Economic Confidential reports that OPEC made this known in a series of data contained in various reports released in the last four months.
The data released by OPEC showed that Nigeria failed to meet its oil production quotas in January, February, and March 2022.
The organisation said the reason Nigeria lost such an amount was due to its persistent inability to meet the crude oil production quota approved for the country.
Data released by OPEC showed that the crude oil production quota approved by the organisation for Nigeria in January this year was 1.683 million barrels per day.
OPEC also approved 1.701mb/d and 1.718mb/d for Nigeria in the months of February and March 2022, according to data contained in its different reports on oil production approvals for its members.
But in the highlights of OPEC’s latest Monthly Oil Market Report for April 2022, it was observed that Nigeria’s crude oil production from secondary sources in January 2022 was 1.413mb/d.
This dropped to 1.378mb/d in February and plunged further to 1.354mb/d in March this year, according to The Punch.
Based on the above figures, Nigeria’s crude oil production fell short of the OPEC approved quota in January by 270,000 barrels daily, which implies that the country was unable to produce 8.370 million barrels to meet its approved target for that month.
In February, the daily production loss when compared to what OPEC approved for Nigeria, was 323,000 barrels, translating to 9.044 million barrels in the review month.