According to Africa Oil & Gas Report, three of the newest beneficiaries of the divestment programme of the oil majors operating in the country, independents Aiteo, Eroton and Newcross, collectively produced close to 200,000Barrels Per Day at peak, close to the end of 2016.
Aiteo Eastern E&P, the operator of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 29, reported gross production of 92,000BOPD in October 2016, figures in NNPC’s December 2016 report show. Eroton E&P, in OML 18, averaged 63,764BOPD gross output in the same month. There were no figures published for Newcross in October 2016 and November 2016, (the last months for which figures are officially available), but the company, operator of OML 24, delivered 30,213BOPD in September 2016. These figures come to about 186,000BOPD, roughly 10% of the country’s average 2016 production.
This is however less than half of what the 22 Nigerian owned producers of crude oil and gas are capable of delivering. Indeed, the five similar Nigerian independents, including Seplat, Shoreline Natural Resources, NDWestern, Elcrest and First Hydrocarbon Nigeria, who have had up to 80% of their production shut-in for more than 12 months by the damage to the TransForcados pipeline, were collectively producing over 160,000BOPD before the bombing. Seplat and Neconde alone were averaging 115,000BOPD prior to the February 14, 2016 outage.