OPEC reports oil production gains

pipeline explosion FiveflowerThe Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed responsibility for five more attacks on oil installations in Nigeria. (Image source: fiveflower)OPEC’s crude production rose in June as Nigeria increased oil output following repairs to some infrastructure that had been destroyed by militant attacks

Nigeria was able to repair some pipelines after agreeing a cease-fire with rebels in the Niger River Delta, stated Emmanuel Kachikwu, Nigeria’s state minister for petroleum resources.

According to the Nigerian government, the Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed responsibility for five more attacks on oil installations in the region. 

Garba Deen Muhammad, a spokesman for state oil company NNPC, confirmed that the crude facilities identified by the Avengers had been attacked.

"Government will not be deterred in its efforts to find a lasting solution to these attacks," he said.

Following a reported cease-fire with militants, the crude facilities in the Niger River Delta underwent repairs. This led to Nigeria producing an average of 1.53mn bpd last month, an increase of 90,000 bpd from May. 

Eric Omare, of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) which represents the Delta's biggest ethnic group, stated, "The federal government has not taken any practical step toward resolving the issues."

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