NNPC announces first production from Akwa Ibom oil block

NNPC Exploration and Production Limited, NNPC Ltd’s flagship upstream subsidiary, and Natural Oilfield Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Sterling Oil Exploration & Energy Production Company Ltd, has announced the successful commencement of oil production at Oil Mining Lease (OML) 13 in Akwa Ibom State.

The production, which commenced on May 6, 2024 with 6,000 barrels of oil, is expected to be ramped up to 40,000 barrels per day by May 27, 2024, according to a statement by NNPC E&P on Sunday.

“The first oil flow from OML 13 is a historic milestone in the partnership between NNPC E&P Ltd and NOSL, highlighting their dedication to driving growth and development in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, which remains a vital component of the nation’s economy,” NNPC said.

“The achievement does not only signify the culmination of rigorous planning and execution by the teams involved, but also represents a new era of economic empowerment and development opportunities for the host communities,” it added.

The national oil company said the feat holds some significance for Nigeria as it contributes to the country’s efforts to increase its oil production capacity, which is crucial for meeting domestic energy needs and driving economic growth.

“The NNPC E&P Ltd and NOSL partnership is also committed to operating in a manner that is safe, environmentally responsible, and beneficial to the local communities.”

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