Nigeria is fast losing its favourite oil export destinations to the United States (U.S.), which used to be the country’s biggest importer of crude blend. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) crude oil export destination report, confirmed that China, Peru, and Japan have totally stopped importing crude oil from Nigeria.
Other countries like The Netherlands, United Kingdom (U.K.), China, Italy, and Switzerland are also importing from the U.S. Latest Energy Information Administration (EIA), report also showed that these countries have continued to maintain a healthy import profile with the U.S.
Given the glut in the global oil market, Nigeria may be hard-pressed securing new destinations for its crude. Already, the initial heat from the oil producers’ production freeze is wearing, and oil prices are beginning to shed weight, but Nigeria will remain healthy for as long as prices don’t fall below the 2017 budget benchmark of $44.5/barrel.
Commenting on the development, a former President, Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), Nosa Omorodion, said: “The current realities make it most imperative for our local refining capacity for petroleum products to be up scaled.
“No economy can thrive with the complexion of Nigeria’s Energy Trade Balance. Nigeria currently maintains an economically unsustainable negative net energy trade balance in which the country exports virtually all the crude oil produced and imports a substantial part of its refined petroleum products needs while under-utilising other energy sources like bitumen, coal, lignite and shale oil.”