Nigeria loses $2.78bn to oil theft, pipeline sabotage

Nigeria lost N851.84 billion ($2.78 billion) to oil theft and pipeline sabotage in 2019, according to the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) latest oil and gas industry audit report.

The agency stated that it arrived at the estimate after using an average price of $65.61 per barrel and an average exchange rate of N306.42/$.

It, however, noted that there was a significant reduction of 21 percent from the previous year, where 53.28 million barrels were lost.

It stated, “Losses such as these are recorded by companies whose crude volumes are carried through pipelines easily compromised by saboteurs.

“Some oil terminals recorded no production. These included Aja operated by Bayelsa Oil, whose license was revoked by the government. Others were Asaramatoru and Oyo managed by Prime and Allied/CAMAC who were reportedly inactive for the year.

“Nigeria earned a total of N10.49 trillion from crude oil and gas sales. This was a marginal 4.88 percent increase from 2018 revenues of N9.99trillion. The total crude oil production recorded was 735.24 million barrels, a 4.87per cent increase from 701.10 million barrels reported in 2018.

“A total of N2.145 trillion ($7.011bn) was the domestic sales proceeds in 2019 from 107.24 million barrels of crude oil. This was 0.36 per cent lower than the domestic crude sales of 107.63 million barrels in 2018.”