NNPC Cuts Oil Prices to Woo Buyers in the International Market
This is coming two weeks after Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, cut the prices for November oil sales to Asia and Northwest Europe, and for most grades to other regions.
The NNPC lowered its official selling prices by at least $1 per barrel for 20 out of 26 oil grades monitored by Bloomberg, according to pricing lists.
Qua Iboe, Nigeria’s largest export crude under normal circumstances, was reduced by the most since 2014.
The NNPC cut the selling price of Qua Iboe for November to a 17 cent premium to the benchmark Dated Brent, according to the price list, from $1.07. It reduced the price of Bonny Light to a seven cent premium and Forcados to a 41 cent discount to Dated Brent.
The Group General Manager for the oil-marketing division of the NNPC, Mele Kyari, was quoted to have said that the price reductions were due to a “huge cargo overhang” as the country attempts to regain market share.
Like every other producer country, Nigeria is grappling with prices that are less than half of what they were in July 2014. Over the past few months, the upsurge in militant attacks has worsened the revenue woes plaguing the country, with export flows falling to the lowest in at least nine years earlier this year.
Shipments are gradually resuming, and lower prices are seen as a sign that Nigeria is seeking to become more competitive in an already oversupplied global market.
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