Sturdy indications have emerged that Nigeria’s oil and gasoline business could undergo a serious setback this 12 months as some Worldwide Oil Corporations (IOCs) within the nation appear poised to divest their stakes and exit the nation for need of beneficial sector reforms.
S & P World Platts, a supplier of vitality and commodities info headquartered in London, in a latest report disclosed that the much-awaited turnaround within the nation’s oil sector in 2020 regarded inconceivable, contemplating the potential of President Muhammadu Buhari-led financial mannequin to frustrate efforts to lift oil manufacturing within the quick time period and even past.
Mr Buhari had final November taken a drastic measure to extend taxes on corporations working within the nation’s deepwater blocks, a gesture geared toward amassing larger income for the federal government, although the transfer has the far-reaching implication of laying aside Worldwide Oil Corporations (IOCs) from Nigeria and consequently impeding output development.
In accordance with the present construction, international oil companies account for over 70% of funding within the oil and gasoline sector in Nigeria, itself Africa’s largest oil producer.
In the identical month President Buhari hiked the taxes, California-based international oil big, Chevron kick-started a divestment course of that will unload its 40% stake in two Nigerian shallow water leases, a transfer that put additional pressure on the delicate 116-year previous relationship between the agency and the nation.
Typically final April, Exxon Mobil Corp held talks with potential native buyers in a bid to promote its funding in Nigerian oil and gasoline fields price about $three billion.