ExxonMobil operated Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT) in Nigeria is back to producing an excess of 150,000b/d of oil, Africa Oil&Gas Report informed.
This came as the Ministry of Petroleum Resources said that the Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben (OB3) gas pipeline is about 80% completed, reported Vanguard.
The facility was shut in in mid-July, after militants breached the crude loading line taking oil from the company’s main export pipeline to the terminal itself.
Network, a Nigerian company which exports its crude through the terminal, was producing over 2,000b/d late December. Frontier Oil and Universal E&P have also re-commenced exporting their crude through the facility. ExxonMobil exports over 400,000b/d through the terminal, located in the country’s southeast offshore.
By repairing the facility in three months, ExxonMobil had fulfilled a target it set for itself. Shell had taken over eight months to repair a comparable facility. Industry analysts said the ease with which ExxonMobil was able to repair its facility, compared with Shell, is down to the nature of the host communities. An Oil and Gas Consultant, Sam Ojehonmon, explained: “The Ibibios of AkwaIbom state are the most peaceful people in the broad swath of the Niger Delta.”