The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, said on Thursday.Crude oil production in Nigeria rose by 274,000 barrels per day in April.
The increase, OPEC said, represents the biggest increase among countries within the oil producers’ group.
In OPEC’s latest Monthly Oil Market Report for May released on Thursday, Nigeria’s output was put at 1.484 million bpd for April, from 1.21 million bpd in March, which was based on direct communication.
Meanwhile, Angola saw its oil output decrease to 1.651 million bpd in April, from 1.652 million bpd in the previous month.
But the country still retained its status as Africa’s top oil producer, after taking over from Nigeria recently.
The report showed that Saudi Arabia, the biggest producer in the group, recorded the second largest increase in April as it produced 9.946 million bpd, after recording a slide from 9.9 million bpd in March.
Kuwait, on its part, saw its production output rise by 10,000 bpd to 2.710 million bpd.
The United Arab Emirates’ production increased by 15,000 bpd to 2.988 million bpd in April.
“Crude oil production declined in the UAE, Libya, Iraq and Iran, but increased in Angola and Saudi Arabia,” the 13-member cartel said in the report.
OPEC raised its forecast for oil supply growth from non-members in 2017 but kept its outlook for global crude demand unchanged at 96.4 million bpd.
OPEC’s revision is largely based on higher production in the United States, where producers who rely on expensive advanced drilling methods have become more profitable as prices rise.