Wednesday, 9 September 2015

UNITED STATES TO RESUME PURCHASING CRUDE OIL FROM NIGERIA

The president of a Washington-based Global Water and Energy Strategy Team (GWEST), Mr. Paul Wihbey, has revived the hope of resuming the exportation of crude oil from Nigeria to United State of America.

This development was made known at a lecture entitled: ‘The global oil and gas market dynamics: outlook for Nigeria’ at the Emerald Energy Institute of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State which was chaired by a former presidential adviser on petroleum matters, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah. During the lecture, Mr. Wihbey said that a key component of President Barack Obama and President Buhari’s recent meeting in Washington was for the resumption of significant volume of crude oil export to the U.S, as Saudi Arabia lean more towards China.

Before President Buhari’s visit to the U.S., Mr. Wihbey briefed the U.S Marine Corps Command and Staff College, as well as U.S Marine Corps War College, Quantico, Virginia, as an expert on geopolitics of the international energy sector, particularly on Nigeria. He explained that if Nigeria should establish credible political institutions, it will in no distance time replace Saudi Arabia as a key oil exporter to the U.S.

The Energy expert said that the recent drastic reduction in the price of crude oil, which has adversely affected the Nigerian economy was caused by the decline in commodity super-cycle and China; the U.S. shale production; and Middle East geopolitics like Iranian issue and Saudi Arabia fixation on the Shanghai cooperation organization.

Consequently, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, was urged to swiftly put in place a new strategic energy policy for export of Nigerian oil to new markets in Asia, while also advising government to resolve the crisis with India, which had expressed its willingness to increase its crude oil import from Nigeria to about $50billion annually.