The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a trading surplus of N43.57 billion in April, this year, representing a 23.64 per cent increase over the N35.24billion surplus it recorded in March.

This is contained in the April 2021 edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR).

Trading surplus or trading deficit is derived after deduction of the expenditure profile from the revenue accrued for the period under review.

According to the report, the NNPC Group’s operating revenue in April as compared to March, increased by 17.73 per cent or N80.67 billion to stand at N535.61b. Similarly, expenditure for the month increased by 17.24 per cent or N72.34billion to stand at N492.05billion, while expenditure as a proportion of revenue stood at 0.92 per cent, same as last month’s.

The report attributed the rise in trading surplus to the activities of the corporation’s upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), such as crude oil lifting from OML 119 (Okono Okpoho) and OMLs 60, 61, 62, 63 (Nigerian Agip Oil Company), as well as increase in gas sales. The positive outlook was further consolidated by the robust gains of two other subsidiaries namely: Duke Oil and the National Engineering and Technical Company (NETCO).

In the Downstream, to ensure uninterrupted supply and effective distribution of fuel across the country, a total of 1.67billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) translating to 55.79mn liters/day were supplied in the month under review.

The report also showed a 34.29 percent reduction in the number of pipeline points vandalised from 70 in the previous month of March 2021 to 46 in April 2021. While Port Harcourt area accounted for 54 percent, Mosimi area accounted for 46 percent of the vandalised points.

In the gas sector, a total of 209.27 billion cubic feet (bcf) of natural gas was produced in the month under review, translating to an average daily production of 6,975.72 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).

From April, last year to April, this year, a total of 2,902.52bcf of gas was produced, representing an average daily production of 7,369.76mmscfd during the period.

Period-to-date production from Joint Ventures (JVs), Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and NPDC contributed about 62.07 percent, 19.95 percent and 17.98 percent respectively to the total national gas production.

In terms of natural gas off-take, commercialisation and utilisation, out of the 206.40bcf supplied in April 2021, a total of 126.83bcf of gas was commercialised consisting of 42.92bcf and 83.91bcf for the domestic and export markets respectively. This translates to a total supply of 1,430.90mmscfd of gas to the domestic market and 2,976.94mmscfd of gas supplied to the export market for the month.

This implies that 61.45 percent of the average daily gas produced was commercialised while the balance of 38.55 percent was either re-injected, used as upstream fuel gas or flared. Gas flare rate was 9.74 percent for the month under review (i.e. 670.19mmscfd) compared with average gas flare rate of 7.42 percent (i.e. 542.22mmscfd) from April, last year to April, this year.

A total of 795mmscfd was delivered to gas-fired power plants in April to generate an average power of about 3,416 MW.

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