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UpstreamOnline: ExxonMobil sees Nigerian output boost

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The Nigerian arm of ExxonMobil is about a month away from starting production at a natural gas liquids project that will boost output by 45,000 barrels per day.

The project, known as NGL 2, is connected to Exxon Mobil’s Qua Iboe energy complex in Akwa Ibom state in the Niger Delta. The product is a high-value liquid hydrocarbon that occurs in some gas fields.

“It will be up and running in the next month or so,” John Chaplin, chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil’s subsidiary Mobil Producing Nigeria, told Reuters on the sidelines of an oil and gas conference in Abuja yesterday.

ExxonMobil is now the biggest oil producer in Nigeria after Shell has seen its output reduced by a series of militant attacks on its facilities.

Chaplin said he saw total output from Nigeria rising to 2.3 million barrels per day this year from 2.1 million bpd now, based on expectations that Chevron’s offshore Agbami field would come on stream.

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19 February 2008 01:31 GMT  | last updated: 19 February 2008 06:39 GMT

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