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NNPC’s peers in Angola, Algeria, Libya earn $27.95bn in H1

NNPC’s peers in Angola, Algeria, Libya earn $27.95bn in H1

An analysis of the financial reports of three major state-owned oil and gas companies on the African continent revealed earnings of $27.95 billion this year buoyed by rising crude prices.

Nigeria’s state oil firm, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, is yet to publish its earnings.

Sonatrach (Algeria), the National Oil Corporation (Libya), and Sonangol (Angola) earned $21 billion, $6.95 billion, and $3.4 million respectively.

Revenues for Angola and Libya were for the first six months of the year while that of Algeria covers January to May.

“Our oil and gas earnings in the first five months of 2023 totaled $21 billion, a 2 percent increase over the same period the previous year,” Toufik Hakkar, CEO of Sonatrach, said last month.

According to Hakkar, before Algeria can increase its gas exports, it needs more visibility from European firms.

Angola and Libya recorded a decline in their revenue compared to the first half of 2022.

Between January and June 2023, the Angolan government said it collected 2.8 billion kwanzas ($3.4 million) in oil revenue, a 2 billion kwanzas ($2.4 million) decrease from the same period in 2022.

Angola exported 209.5 million barrels of crude oil in 2022 at an average price of $99.40 per barrel, earning 4.2 billion kwanzas ($5.1 million).

The country, which is Africa’s second biggest oil producer, said the drop in oil revenue was due to a drop in the average price of a barrel and lower export volumes.

According to taxation data published by Angola’s finance ministry, the country exported 191.83 million barrels of crude oil at an average price of $78.35 per barrel in the first half of 2023.

Angola projects that the average cost of a barrel of crude oil will be $75 per barrel in its national budget for the current fiscal year.

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Libya’s central bank said crude oil revenues in the first half of the year fell to 33.4 billion dinars ($6.95 billion) from 37.3 billion dinars in the first half of 2022.

Libyan crude oil production increased in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. According to OPEC’s secondary sources, Libya’s crude oil production averaged 1.157 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in the first quarter of 2023, rising only slightly to 1.169 million bpd by May of this year.

“The flow of oil and gas would be halted unless the western-based Government of National Unity appointed an eastern-government representative to oversee the National Oil Corporation,” Libya’s Government of National Stability said in July.

Libya is having difficulty attracting foreign investment in its oil sector.