Nigeria’s oil production is to receive a boost as the Forcados oil pipeline is set to resume loading crude oil for export.
The major pipeline operated by the Royal Dutch Shell in the Warri axis of Delta state, was damaged early last year in militants attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.
Reports say that Shell is testing the pipeline for the resumption of between 200,000 barrels of crude oil daily to 240,000 barrels daily which had been shut down for the past months.
Seplat said it was aiming to bypass the often-attacked Trans Forcados pipeline with the Amukpe to Escravos pipeline, which is expected to be completed this year.
The country’s daily oil production, according to the NNPC had hit two million barrels daily as at last month, but still below OPEC quota from Nigeria.
A full resumption of Forcados would come at a difficult time for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which has seen benchmark oil prices fall substantially despite a pact with other oil-producing nations to cut output, as Libya has also ramped up production.
Libya and Nigeria were exempt from the original cuts.