The operating arm of Nigeria’s state hydrocarbon company delivered gross production of 191,025Barrels of Oil per Day (BOPD) in mid-December 2013, a higher figure than the November 2013 production which averaged 173,000BOPD. The increase of 18,000BOPD came from one field: Kokori field in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 30, which increased from 26,000BOPD to 44,000BOPD. Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) holds equity in 10 producing fields in the western onshore and south eastern offshore parts of the Niger Delta, most of them recent divestments from Shell Nigeria. NPDC is operator in seven out of those fields, and its overall net production was 130,319BOPD for the period.
The company also had a gross production of 598Million cubic feet of gas per day (MMscf/d), of which 123MMscf/d was flared. It’s instructive that the flares happen in none of the fields divested by Shell. All the 123MMscf/d of gas flared were in Oredo and Okono fields, which have been held and operated by NPDC, long before it “annexed” equity in the former Shell operated fields.
The data shows that the biggest crude oil production in NPDC portfolio come from Okono, which delivered 45,704BOPD and Kokori field, in Oil Mining Lease (OML 30), which produced 44,853BOPD in the same period. NPDC’s biggest gas field is Utorogu, in OML 34. It produced 315MMscf/d, all of it delivered to the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System.