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430,000 bpd PRODUCTION

Two Opec nations set to open giant oilfields

LONDON, February 10, 2018

Two Opec (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) member countries - Angola and Nigeria - will bring giant oil fields online this year, testing their commitment to cap output amid a global push to curb supply, said a report.
 
Total SA plans to start production at two so-called mega-projects, Kaombo in Angola and Egina in Nigeria, reported Bloomberg citing the company chief executive Patrick Pouyanne.
 
Once both are onstream -- Kaombo by mid-year and Egina in the fourth quarter -- they’ll have a combined capacity of 430,000 barrels a day. That exceeds the total output of Opec members Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, he added.
 
The Opec has been curtailing production for more than a year, achieving unprecedented compliance with caps and driving oil prices up 18 per cent in 2017 as global stockpiles finally shrank. 
 
Yet the latest supply data from Angola and Nigeria show that the additional barrels planned for this year would cause both to flout their OPEC commitments should their output remain otherwise unchanged, stated the report.
 
Total didn’t immediately reply when asked whether it expects to curb future output should host governments request it.
 
Angola’s production totaled 1.63 million barrels a day in December, according to Opec, within its quota of 1.67 million a day. Nigeria, whose 1.8 million-barrel cap has only recently come into force, pumped 1.86 million a day in the month. 
 
Opec has said it’s committed to keeping limits on output through 2018, though a ministerial meeting is scheduled for June to discuss policy.
 
To be sure, neither African country is guaranteed to maintain steady production from existing deposits. Angolan fields have suffered from natural declines, while Nigeria has been subject to militant attacks that sent output to a two-decade low in 2016, it added.
 



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